Your doctor will ask you about your current health, medical conditions, and medications to find out if an underlying condition is causing your tinnitus.
A physical examination of the ear with a special probe will be conducted to check for any blockage, such as earwax blockage, that could be causing the symptoms. Your doctor may also ask you to move your head, neck and jaw or even arms and legs to identify any changes in tinnitus due to these movements. This can help identify any underlying cause.
In some cases, you may be requested to take a hearing test to assess if tinnitus is accompanied by any hearing loss. Imaging tests, such as CT (Computerized Tomography) scan and MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) may also be requested for further diagnosis of the disorder causing tinnitus.
Sometimes, your doctor will also be able to identify the cause of tinnitus with the help of the sound you may hear. For example, sounds of heartbeats or rushing and humming could indicate problems with blood vessels, low-pitched ringing could indicate the presence of Meniere’s disease or otosclerosis while high-pitched ringing indicates exposure to a loud noise.
You can be assured of receiving multidisciplinary care at The Aga Khan University Hospital for diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus. Discuss your symptoms, as well as other queries and concerns you may have in detail with your doctor.