That ringing sound you hear when there isn’t any sound around?
Yeah, that’s tinnitus.
Although it’s commonly referred to as ringing, tinnitus noise can be a lot of things — buzzing, hissing, clicking, a pulse or heartbeat, even a roar.
It’s a maddening problem, especially for people who have it all of the time, and in both ears.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is actually a symptom of another health problem. It happens when tiny hairs in your inner ear that help with hearing are hurt in some way. That affects the signals that go to your brain and changes how you hear sound. This damage can be caused by normal aging or other issues — like headaches and migraines.
Triggers may include:
- Age-related hearing loss
- Loud noises like concerts, sporting events, machinery, or backfiring engines
- Sinus pressure from sinus or ear infections, cold, flu, or allergies
- Too much earwax
- Certain medications like aspirin, some antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Migraines and other headaches
- High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
- Jaw problems
- Other medical issues like head and neck injuries, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, changes in your inner ear bones, and an inner ear disorder called Meniere’s disease.
How Is It Diagnosed?
As a TruDenta trained dentist, I’m able to diagnose tinnitus at Pasadena Pain Management. I will discuss your medical history, and ask about any medications or supplements you take.
I’ll also examine your head and neck. I might ask you to clench your jaw, move your eyes, and move your neck, and shoulders. If the ringing gets worse when you move, that may help find a cause for it.
Is There Treatment?
Yes. It depends on what’s to blame for the ringing.
If a medication is the trigger, I, or your doctor, might suggest you stop taking it or change to a different drug. Never stop a medicine on your own without talking to your doctor first.
If your tinnitus is triggered by migraines or chronic headaches, I may treat the problem by also treating the migraine condition using TruDenta pain management therapy.
Relaxation techniques may also be effective. Tinnitus can get worse when you’re stressed. You might find ways to ease your worries, like exercise, deep breathing, or biofeedback.
Treatment for Tinnitus, TMJ, Migraines, Headaches in Pasadena
Pasadena Pain Management offers pain management treatment for TMJ/TMD, migraine, headaches and neck pain in Pasadena, CA. Our office is conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Pasadena Pain Management, we offer the exclusive TruDenta treatment therapy — a highly specialized form of care that involves cutting-edge dental technology, without needles or injections. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable pain management care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping our patients happy and pain free.