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My mother is having terrible ear ring for past 6 mnths her

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Hello, my mother is having terrible ear ring for past 6 mnths her internist said no ear wax and nothing he can do. It is driving her crazy, should she see a otolaryngologist? Have a hearing test first? She is 76 years old.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  khagihara replied 1 year ago.

One ear or both ears? What is it like? Pulsing? High pitch or low pitch? Does anything make better or worse? Is it consistent? Is it getting worse? Hearing problem? Dizziness? Any other symptoms? Is she aware of anything which might have triggered it? What tests did she have? Any medical problems? Any surgeries? Any medications including over-the-counter pills and herbs? Any family medical history?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


To answer your question.

Yes, she should see an otolaryngologist.

Most tinnitus [ringing] is from hearing damage.

But there are many causes.

And there is plenty that can be done about it.

First, correct any underlying cause, such as a blood vessel problem or tumor.

Or anxiety, or TMJ, or many other causes.

There are special hearing aids.

There are devices that train the ear not to hear the ringing.

And so on.

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green veggies
other veggies
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