Tinnitus can be a frustrating problem. It’s also a surprisingly common one, approximately 15-20% of people experience ringing, buzzing, rushing, clicking, and other sounds in the ears.
While tinnitus isn’t usually a symptom of a serious problem, it can be annoying and distracting for many people. For some, it’s loud enough to interfere with their daily lives.
The difficulty in treating tinnitus is that it can have many underlying causes, from minor to serious. These include:
- Age-related hearing loss
- Accumulation of earwax
- Damage to the hair cells in the inner ear
- Exposure to loud noises
- Stiffening of the bones in the middle ear
- Head or neck injuries
- Inner ear disorders such as Meniere’s disease
- Tumors on the head, neck, or cranial nerve
- Atherosclerosis or hypertension
- Certain medications
If you are experiencing tinnitus, we can conduct a test to determine whether the underlying cause is hearing loss. If that’s the case, there are a range of treatment and mitigation options—and we can discuss those with you.
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Dr. Kathy Feng is a NY State licensed Doctor of Audiology with over 10 years of experience working with patients of all ages. Kathy originally studied Economics at NYU and worked in Finance before she realized that she really wanted to work and help people on a personal level. Part of her inspiration came from watching her grandmother struggle with hearing loss during her golden years. She wanted to help.