Tinnitus Symptoms and Diagnosis
The primary symptom of tinnitus is the sound you hear. However, people sometimes experience other ear-related symptoms, such as:
- Hearing loss
- Ear fullness
- Ear pain
- Dizziness or vertigo
These can help identify the cause.
If you experience tinnitus, talk to your primary care doctor. They will check for common causes, such as ear blockage or infection, head injuries, and medications. If they can’t identify the cause of tinnitus, they may refer you to an otolaryngologist (also called an ear, nose, and throat doctor or ENT).
An ENT will evaluate your hearing and may order imaging such as ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), or CT (computed tomography) to help track down the cause of tinnitus.