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Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders

Bursts of ringing and tinnitus



I have tinnitus and recently have been experiencing loud short bursts of ringing that completely block my hearing during the episode. These attacks have affected both ears. What is the cause of these ringing bursts?


I recommend that you have a hearing test and see an otolaryngologist as soon as possible. Causes of your symptoms may include Meniere's disease, autoimmune inner ear disease, and Eustachian tube dysfunction. Depending on what the doctor finds, he/she may decide to order an MRI scan, CT scan, or other additional testing. 

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Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS Ravi N Samy, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Otolaryngology, Director of Skull Base Surgery Fellowship, Director of Adults Cochlear Implantation Program
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati