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Should I talk to my doctor about my subjective tinnitus symptoms?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

If you hear ringing, buzzing, or other noises in one or both ears, you should talk to your doctor. If the cause can be found, you may be able to treat it and stop the noise. For example, hearing loss can cause subjective tinnitus, and about half of patients find that simply getting a hearing aid or other treatment alleviates the tinnitus. If excess earwax is causing the tinnitus, removing it can help.

More rarely, tinnitus can be caused by a serious problem such as an infection or tumor. A doctor can run tests to find out for sure. Some medications can cause tinnitus, so your doctor may recommend changing to a different medicine.

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