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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Tinnitus & headaches

    I have been experiencing ringing in the ears & dull pain/headaches at the back of my head for almost 4 weeks (prior to this I had never experienced tinnitus), I had a hearing assessment 2 weeks ago which showed no issues and I have had one session with a physio to check if it's a result of neck pain. I'm unsure what to do at this point, should I ask my doctor to refer me to an ENT specialist? Are tinnitus and headaches a common combination? The ringing in the ears has been non-stop and is driving me mad.
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  • Kathryn Penno

    Audiologist

    Hello and Welcome, I founded the Hearing Collective to give clients one location, a collective of hearing healthcare services that are convenient and accessible. Hearing … View Profile

    Hi, It's great to read you have taken steps to find out what is the cause of your symptoms.

    Tinnitus and headaches can occur together or seperately. I practice vestibular audiology (balance function) and I see a few cases where both symptoms present together. An ENT or Neurologist are appropriate referrals which you should discuss with your GP, especially if you have other symptoms presenting. 

     

    As you mentioned the tinnitus is driving you 'mad', you can seek the services of an audiologist that offers tinnitus counselling. There are various management methods and hearing technologies that can help to alleviate the tinnitus. When done in consultation with an audiologist we can provide greater understanding of tinnitus and help you manage it.

     

    Regarding the mentioned neck pain; given your symptoms seeking the services of a neuro-vestibular physiotherapist is advised. This specialist physio. has done extra study to focus on brain-balance system which may help your neck and headaches. 

     

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