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What are the treatment options for subjective tinnitus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

There is no medicine or surgery for subjective tinnitus itself, but you may be able to get rid of the noise in your ears by treating the underlying problem. For example, if earwax is blocking the ear canal, it can be removed. Hearing loss is another common cause, and about half of patients find that simply getting a hearing aid or other treatment alleviates their tinnitus.

Some medications can cause tinnitus, so your doctor may recommend changing to a different medicine. Other medications, such as antidepressants, may be prescribed to ease tinnitus. If you can't get rid of the noise, you can try drowning it out with a tinnitus masker (a hearing aid-sized white noise machine you wear in your ear) or other white noise.

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