Tinnitus Specialist

Andros ENT & Sleep Center

Otolaryngology located in Inver Grove Heights, MN & Roseville, MN

Ringing in the ears, medically known as tinnitus, is a symptom of an underlying issue. At Andros ENT & Sleep Center in Inver Grove Heights and Roseville, Minnesota, Inell Rosario, MD, specializes in finding and treating the root cause of your tinnitus to relieve your symptoms and improve your quality of life. For compassionate and patient-centered care, call the office closest to you or book an appointment online today.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom most often described as a ringing in the ear. The sound may affect one or both ears and vary in pitch. Though ringing is the most common symptom, you may be struggling with tinnitus if you hear phantom sounds in your ear such as:

  • Roaring
  • Hissing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Humming

These sounds may affect your ability to concentrate or go about your daily routine. If you have symptoms of tinnitus, Dr. Rosario at Andros ENT & Sleep Center can help. 

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus indicates there’s something wrong with your auditory system. Your auditory system is a complex body part that includes your outer, middle, and inner ear, as well as the nerves that connect your ears to your brain to interpret sound.

Any condition or issue that affects one or more of the structures that make up your auditory system may cause tinnitus. Common causes include:

  • Earwax buildup
  • Ear infection
  • Sinusitis
  • Hearing loss
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Heart or vascular problems
  • Hormonal changes
  • Medications

Tinnitus is also a common first symptom during the initial stages of hearing loss. 

What happens during a tinnitus evaluation?

When you visit Andros ENT & Sleep Center for a tinnitus evaluation, Dr. Rosario conducts a thorough exam to find the root cause of your symptom.

She asks detailed questions about your tinnitus, including the types of sounds you hear, when they started, and how they’ve changed over time. Dr. Rosario reviews your medical history and the types of medications and supplements you take and examines your ears.

To confirm or rule out an underlying cause to explain your tinnitus, Dr. Rosario may request diagnostic tests such as bloodwork, CT scan, or MRI. 

How is tinnitus treated?

Dr. Rosario creates individualized treatment plans for tinnitus based on the underlying cause. Your plan may include treatments for an ear infection or sinusitis. 

Andros ENT & Sleep Center also specializes in hearing aids and may recommend the electronic device to address hearing loss.

If Dr. Rosario isn’t able to find and treat the underlying cause of your tinnitus, she may recommend treatments that help take your mind off the ongoing noise, such as:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Wearable or tabletop sound generators
  • Acoustic neural stimulators
  • Cochlear implants
  • Antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication

Tinnitus may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that affects your auditory system. For expert care from an experienced otolaryngologist, call the office or book an appointment online today.