How is tinnitus evaluated?

Updated: Feb 27, 2020
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Because of the vast array of potential diagnoses related to tinnitus, each patient requires a thorough history and physical evaluation. Such an evaluation requires attention to detail, including all medical problems and associated treatments and any pharmacologic therapy. The otolaryngologist is required to expand the evaluation to include the other potential sites of difficulty in this case. Evaluation of tinnitus should begin with a very thorough history, physical examination, and indicated laboratory tests. With tinnitus, direct particular attention to the patient's psychological state. Many patients are depressed or very anxious about the problem. Therefore, the use of various psychological evaluation techniques is required.


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