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Question: Where should I start if I want to evaluate the ringing in my ears?

Answer: It is essential to identify the underlying cause of your tinnitus (ringing in the ears) before devising an appropriate treatment plan. In most cases, there is something that can be done to help. Some experience full relief, others partial relief, but all gain a better understanding of what may be causing the noise they are hearing. The first step is getting a comprehensive evaluation by a doctor of audiology. If the audiologist determines there is a medical cause, a referral will be made at that time. The auditory pathway does not work in isolation; tinnitus may be related to several factors. Treatment options will vary depending on the cause and the impact it has on your lifestyle.