Tinnitus is the perception of sound in one or both ears when no external, physical sound is present. Most often patients describe it as a “ringing” in their ears. It can be quite a debilitating and bothersome symptom, and can be associated with sleep disturbance amongst other problems.
Tinnitus is most often associated with hearing loss, however occasionally it can be due to serious problems such as aberrant blood vessels or lesions within the ear or brain. Assessment of tinnitus is aimed at excluding these concerning causes.
There are now a number of management strategies that can reduce down the burden of tinnitus for some patients and its effects on the activities of daily living. Dr Hodge can discuss these with you and make referrals as necessary.