To determine what underlying medical condition may be causing your tinnitus, your doctor will give you a general physical exam, including a careful examination of your ears. Be sure to inform your doctor of all medications you are taking, because tinnitus can be a side effect of some drugs.
If the source of the problem remains unclear, you may be sent to an otologist or an otolaryngologist (both ear specialists) or an audiologist (a hearing specialist) for hearing and nerve tests. As part of your...
Tinnitus is not a disease. It's a problem in your hearing system. It's usually not a sign of anything serious, though you should see your doctor to get it checked out.
What Your Doctor Needs to Know About Tinnitus
How tinnitus affects your life is important for diagnosis and treatment. Your doctor may ask:
What are your symptoms?
Do the symptoms make it hard to concentrate, sleep, or work?
Has tinnitus caused relationship problems or made it hard to do daily tasks?
Loud noises and aging are common causes of tinnitus. A health problem, such as thyroid imbalance or high blood pressure, can also cause it. So can earwax, if it blocks the ear canal. Some medications may also trigger tinnitus. Sometimes, there is no clear cause.
When you meet with your doctor, be ready to answer questions like these:
Have you had any long-term exposure to loud noises, including at work?
Have you been exposed to an extremely loud noise, such as an explosion?