What do I do if I am experiencing tinnitus?
o It is not normal to experience ongoing tinnitus.
o A team of professionals is recommended to determine whether the tinnitus is a symptom of a medically treatable disease, and then to receive appropriate medical management. The core team members are typically an audiologist and an ENT physician.
o Audiologists specialize in:
o Complete, comprehensive hearing evaluations to determine normal vs abnormal function of each part of the ear (outer, middle, inner)
o Evaluation of the tinnitus severity and its impact on daily living
o Tinnitus and hearing loss education
o Audiologic Rehabilitation
o ENT physicians specialize in:
o Medical evaluations of the ears and hearing, and additionally the nose and throat and their role in the cause of the tinnitus
o Radiologic and laboratory studies
o Medical and/or surgical management, if necessary
o Additional team members may include counselors and other medical specialists.