The following tests may be done:
Fixing the problem, if it can be found, may make your symptoms go away. (For example, your doctor may remove ear wax.)
Talk to your health care provider about all your current medicines to see if a drug may be causing the problem. Include over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and supplements. Do not stop taking any medication without first talking to your provider.
Many medicines have been used to relieve symptoms of tinnitus, but no drug works for everyone.
A tinnitus masker worn like a hearing aid helps some people. It delivers low-level sound directly into the ear to disguise the ear noise.
A hearing aid may help reduce ear noise and make outside sounds louder.
Sometimes, counseling may help you learn to live with tinnitus. Your doctor may suggest biofeedback training to help with stress.
Some people have tried alternative therapies to treat tinnitus. These methods have not been proven, so talk to your doctor before trying any alternative therapies.
The American Tinnitus Association offers a good resource center and support group.