Ringing in the Ears (Tinnitus)
Preparing For Your Appointment
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to answer the
- When did your tinnitus start?
you ever had tinnitus before? How old were you when you first had problems with
- Is the tinnitus in one or both ears? Do you feel like the
noise is inside your head?
- How would you describe your tinnitus?
- Is it high-pitched or
- Is it constant, or does it come and go?
it steady, or does it pulsate? If it pulsates, is it in time with your
heartbeat or is it irregular with no steady rhythm?
- Do you hear
roaring, clicking, or blowing noises?
- Does it change when you
swallow or yawn?
- Have you noticed any hearing loss?
you had a recent injury to the ear?
- Have you recently been involved
in a motor vehicle accident that set off the air bag?
- Do you have
any other symptoms of a nervous system problem, such as numbness, weakness, or
loss of coordination?
- Do you have frequent headaches or
temporomandibular (TM) pain?
- Do you have
any symptoms of
- Have you recently lost
20 lb (9 kg) or more?
prescription and nonprescription medicines are you currently taking?
- How long have you taken these
- Have you recently started taking any new
- Have you increased your dose of any
- Did you ever use streptomycin, gentamicin, or other ear
medicines in the past?
- Do you have any
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 12, 2010
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