Q. I have ringing in my ears. Is it serious?

Answered by
Dr. Dheeraj Kumar Jonnalagadda
and medically reviewed by Dr. Nithila A
Published on Oct 09, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am 18 years old, and I have ringing in my ears as long as I can remember, but I have never thought to ask about it until now. Is there something I should be doing? Should I be seeing someone?

Dr. Dheeraj Kumar Jonnalagadda

Allergy Specialist Otolaryngology (E.N.T)
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Hello,

Welocme to icliniq.com.

The ringing sensation, tinnitus is a subjective sensation, hence should never be neglected. Yes if proper tests are done and you rule out any pathology then we can start behavioural therapy with which you slowly neglect the sounds. Tinnitus is the first sign of pathology of the ear connected with our nervous system. It is mostly seen as a subjective symptom in old age people which is due to slow degeneration of neuronal pulse. But since you are young and it is lasting from a very long time. It is absolutely necessary to get few tests done.


Investigations to be done:

Audiometry with tympanogram.
MRI brain, (contrast, multiplanar, with t1, t2, DWI)

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