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Harford County Aegis “Ask A Doctor” – I have a constant ring in both ears, and I’ve been told by my doctor that there’s no way to treat it. Is this true?

Harford County Aegis “Ask A Doctor” – I have a constant ring in both ears, and I’ve been told by my doctor that there’s no way to treat it. Is this true?
April 4, 2011 Emily

Q: I have a constant ring in both ears, and I’ve been told by my doctor that there’s no way to treat it.  Is this true?

A: A sound that’s audible to you, but no one else is called tinnitus.  Tinnitus is idiopathic, which means we don’t really know exactly where that sound comes from, but we do know that it is often associated with certain medical conditions.   Some of these conditions are serious while others are not.  There are a lot of treatments options that work for a lot of people with tinnitus, but no specific treatment (that I’m aware of) that works for everyone.  The trick is finding a treatment option that works for you.  The first step is to schedule a hearing and tinnitus evaluation, which is typically covered by your health insurance.

Answered by Dr. Matt Perry, Au.D. – audiologist and owner of Harmony Hearing & Audiology, located in Festival at Bel Air, 5 Bel Air S Pkwy, Ste. 1411, Bel Air, MD 21015 – (410)569-5999