Tinnitus Specialist

Pikes Peak ENT -  - Otolaryngology

Pikes Peak ENT

Otolaryngology, Head, Neck & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Colorado Springs, CO & Woodland Park, CO

Tinnitus, a chronic ringing or buzzing in your ears, affects over 50 million Americans. Because tinnitus can lower your quality of life and affect your hearing, board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, at Pikes Peak ENT provide innovative solutions to help. The practice boasts two locations in Colorado Springs and another office in Woodland Park, Colorado, so you have a location nearby to get started on your personalized treatment plan. Find out more by booking an exam through the website or by calling to schedule over the phone with any office.

Tinnitus Q & A

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a chronic issue that leads to minor to severe hearing problems. If you struggle with tinnitus, you may hear any of the following sounds on a regular basis:

  • Hissing
  • Clicking
  • Roaring
  • Buzzing
  • Ringing 
  • Humming 

These noises can be high or low pitched and can occur in one or both ears. If you have subjective tinnitus, the noises you hear are only detectable by you. While rare, with objective tinnitus, others can hear the abnormal sounds, too. 

Why do I have tinnitus?

When you come into Pikes Peak ENT for your tinnitus evaluation, your doctor talks with you about your symptoms and performs a thorough head and neck examination. They may recommend an audiological (hearing) exam, as well as imaging tests, including a CT scan. 

Your dedicated physician spends time getting to the root of why you have tinnitus, so they can find the proper treatment solution. Common causes include:

  • Earwax buildup
  • Meniere‚Äôs disease
  • Thyroid problems 
  • Circulatory problems 
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Abnormal growths and tumors
  • Severe ear or sinus infections 
  • Frequent exposure to loud noises

For women, hormonal changes could be causing your tinnitus. No matter what the cause may be though, the team at Pikes Peak ENT provides the most up-to-date treatment solutions. 

Is there an effective treatment for tinnitus?

While no single cure exists for tinnitus, your dedicated physician at Pikes Peak ENT can treat the underlying cause and help you find solutions to resolve your symptoms. Your tinnitus treatment plan may include:

  • In-ear sound masking devices
  • Professional earwax removal
  • White noise machines
  • Hearing aids

You may even benefit from tinnitus retraining. Pikes Peak ENT can get you set up with an individually programmed device that delivers unique tones of music frequencies to mask the tinnitus noise frequencies you hear. 

Your physician may also recommend prescription medications. While no single drug is designed for tinnitus, certain types of antidepressants are effective for reducing symptoms. 

Before suffering from tinnitus another day, see how the team at Pikes Peak ENT can help. Click on the online scheduler or call the office nearest you directly to schedule.