Tinnitus Diagnosis

How will your doctor diagnose you with this condition? Learn about the tests, exams, processes, and other information relating to the diagnosis of Tinnitus below.

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How to Diagnose Tinnitus


The doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. Special attention will be paid to your head, neck, and ears.

You will be asked questions about:

  • Your sensations
  • Medication use
  • Whether breathing, dizziness, or anything else increases or decreases the sensation

The doctor will look at your ear canal and eardrum using an instrument with a light that is held at the external opening of the ear. A tuning fork can help evaluate hearing. You should receive a complete hearing test. Other tests, such as an MRI scan , may be ordered to rule out serious conditions.


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