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Ringing in Your Ears? 8 Ways to Reduce & Eliminate Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in one or both ears, or in the head, when no external sound is present. It is often referred to as "ringing in the ears," although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping or clicking.

According to Hearing Health Foundation, 50 million Americans experience hearing loss. In fact, tinnitus affects 20 percent of Americans, and hearing loss occurs in 90 percent of those cases.

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

The classic symptoms of tinnitus are listed above (ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing, clicking), but it also includes high and low pitches in one or both ears. Sometimes, the noises you hear can become so loud that they interfere with your ability to focus on other tasks.

When should you go see your doctor?

If you begin to notice a ringing in only one of your ears and you haven't been exposed to any loud noises (construction work, a concert, blasting music in your headphones), it's typically a sign of a more serious problem, like a tumor. Another thing you want to keep an eye on is how uncomfortable the tinnitus is. If it's really bothering you and getting in the way of your daily life, then you might want to see a specialist.

What are the eight ways to reduce and eliminate tinnitus?

  • Get your hearing checked
  • Reduce your stress
  • Avoid aspirin, or any products containing salsalate
  • Clean your eyes thoroughly
  • Avoid excess caffeine and stimulants
  • Explore further testing
  • Try tinnitus retraining therapy
  • Look into stress-relieving medications or use biofeedback therapy

What else do you need to know about tinnitus and how you can eliminate the condition?

Dr. Timothy Frantz joins Dr. Mike to discuss eight simple ways to reduce and eliminate tinnitus.
Ringing in Your Ears? 8 Ways to Reduce & Eliminate Tinnitus
Featured Speaker:
Timothy FrantzTimothy Frantz, M.D., aka "The Hear Doc," has provided Ear, Nose and Throat care to families in California for over 20 years.

As a board-certified Ear, Nose and Throat physician (ENT), licensed hearing aid dispenser, speaker, and author, Dr. Frantz is dedicated to helping people hear better using medical and surgical techniques, hearing aid technology, and media appearances.

Dr. Frantz attended The Chicago Medical School and graduated with high honors as the senior class president. After receiving his M.D., he completed two years of general surgery training and three years of ENT specialty training, including one year as chief resident, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 1994, Dr. Frantz opened his private ENT practice in Red Bluff, California, where he actively practices ENT and dispenses hearing aids. Dr. Frantz's research has been published in national medical journals and he has spoken regionally and nationally on ENT topics including hearing loss.

Dr. Frantz is a member of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the American Medical Writers Association, the International Hearing Society and the Hearing Loss Association of America.

As "America's Ear Doctor," Dr. Frantz is passionate about helping individuals with hearing loss, as well as their families. He has been featured on several nationally syndicated talk shows. In addition to his book, Hearing Loss: Facts or Fiction, he writes a quarterly newsletter on hearing loss which is available at no charge through this website (click "CONTACT") and blog (click "BLOG").