Trouble hearing? Jane Kukula and Ashley Spisak guide you in finding solutions to your hearing challenges so you can Enjoy Every Moment!
Thursday, March 16, 2017
I heard that the ringing in my ear can be fixed with surgery. Is that true?
question. Ringing in the ears, ear
noise, head noise or tinnitus is not all that uncommon. It is estimated that about 15% of the US
population has tinnitus to some degree.
That translates to roughly 20 million Americans. Tinnitus cannot be cured by surgery. In some cases where tinnitus is a secondary
effect to a conductive loss, such otosclerosis (fusion of middle ear bone) or
fluid behind the eardrum, then yes, potentially surgery could help alleviate
the tinnitus. Only because it can fix
components of the hearing loss. In the
case of otosclerosis, the surgeons replace pieces of bones in the middle
ear. In the case of fluid behind the
eardrum, the surgeons will place a pressure equalizing tube through the eardrum
to remove the fluid. In both of these
cases, the surgeon is “curing” the hearing loss and by extension then helping
with the tinnitus likely caused by the hearing loss. However, surgery for tinnitus does not
exist. There have been cases where
surgeons have actually cut the auditory nerve rendering the patient completely
deaf and still the patient could hear their tinnitus. Although there is no cure for tinnitus at
this time, there are treatment plans or management options available. At
Advanced Audiology Concepts, we offer the Progressive Tinnitus Management
approach to our patients. If you
experience bothersome tinnitus and you are curious about Progressive Tinnitus
Management, call and make an appointment at 440-205-8848.