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Tinnitus test: Free online testing

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Free online tinnitus test

Are you suffering from tinnitus—that ringing, buzzing, humming or clicking sound you hear that’s not caused by an external source? Take this quick, free tinnitus test and we’ll analyze your symptoms. For an official, in-person evaluation make an appointment at your neighborhood Miracle-Ear location. Our hearing care professionals can talk through your symptoms and help you find the resources that will help you cope.

Tinnitus test experience

Directions: Grab a piece of paper and a pen to record your answers. Then answer the following questions with either a yes or no.

  1. Have you had extended exposure to loud or noisy environments either recently or in the past?
  2. Do you regularly experience hypertension and/or stress?
  3. Do you consume large amounts of caffeine or nicotine?
  4. Do you regularly experience moments or prolonged periods of hearing ringing or buzzing in your ears?
  5. Do you find it difficult to concentrate, carry conversations or even sleep due to ringing or buzzing sounds in your ears?

Evaluate your results. If you answered yes to any of the questions above, consider consulting with a hearing care professional (HCP) to have your tinnitus symptoms formally evaluated and determine which options may be most effective in delivering relief.

If you’re not ready for a formal evaluation, read on to learn about treatments and tinnitus exercises you can do at home. And, remember, the hearing care professionals at your local Miracle-Ear are always here to help!

About the tinnitus test

Our free tinnitus test is a series of questions designed to help you understand the severity of your symptoms and how significantly it affects your hearing and day-to-day life.

Take this free tinnitus test from anywhere. In just a few minutes, you’ll have results that will guide you to helpful next steps. 

By taking this tinnitus test online, you’ll answer questions about your tinnitus symptoms and how it affects your hearing and your ability to concentrate on tasks, hold conversations and sleep. The answers you share will help determine the severity of your tinnitus symptoms and what next steps might be helpful for your unique situation.

You have your results—now what? We recommend making an appointment at your nearest Miracle-Ear location to discuss your results with a hearing care professional (HCP). They’ll be able to conduct a full hearing test, measuring your symptoms and gauge if you have any hearing loss. They can also talk you through treatment options, like the effectiveness of white noise or even hearing aids for tinnitus.
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Hearing loss and tinnitus

Not all people with tinnitus have hearing loss, and not all those with hearing loss have tinnitus. But hearing loss and tinnitus are often linked. In fact, according to the Hearing Health Foundation, 90 percent of people who deal with tinnitus symptoms also experience some level of hearing loss. Tinnitus can even be an early sign that your hearing is declining. While it’s not known why some people with hearing loss experience tinnitus and others don’t, an audiologist or HCP can help you figure out how to treat your symptoms.

What are the causes of tinnitus?

While the cause of tinnitus is unclear, it’s generally symptomatic of an underlying condition. Potential tinnitus causes include:

How to prevent tinnitus

Since tinnitus causes vary, there aren’t any simple dos or don’ts for tinnitus prevention, and it’s sometimes the result of conditions that can’t be prevented. However, some tinnitus causes can be avoided with extra precautions.

  • Limiting exposure to loud noises, turning down the volume and wearing proper ear protection in loud environments can help you avoid noise-induced hearing loss and associated tinnitus.
  • Limiting caffeine, nicotine and alcohol intake can also help, as these substances all increase the risk of tinnitus.
  • Taking care of your cardiovascular health through proper diet and exercise can help prevent tinnitus associated with blood vessel disorders.
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How to treat tinnitus

Several types of tinnitus treatments and therapies can help you find some measure of relief from your symptoms. If your tinnitus is caused by an underlying health condition, direct treatment of the condition may relieve tinnitus symptoms. This could include earwax removal, treating a vascular condition or changing medication.

Hearing aids are also a common treatment. Some hearing aids offer tinnitus therapies, which an HCP can help customize for your needs.

  • Static noise therapy is designed to help distract you from your tinnitus symptoms.
  • Ocean waves therapy has the same intent, but with the added benefit of promoting relaxation.
  • Notch therapy is designed to teach your brain to ignore the ringing in your ears over several weeks or months. Set up within the hearing aid’s programming software, an HCP can fine-tune the settings to your personal needs, helping reduce the perception of tinnitus over time, without an additional audible sound like static or ocean waves.

Since tinnitus often causes an added degree of stress in a person’s life, relaxation techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy can help you manage your symptoms.

Certain physical stretches and exercises can help relieve your tinnitus symptoms. Exercises for ringing in the ears involve:

  • stretching and massaging your jaw muscles;
  • rolling a massage ball over your jaw and facial muscles;
  • gently stretching your neck and back;
  • relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga and breathing exercises.

Find how-to’s for these different jaw, back and neck exercises for tinnitus here.

Hearing aids are one of the top treatment options for dealing with tinnitus. While they won’t make your symptoms go away, some hearing aids have programming options that mask or distract you from the ringing sound with white noise or train your brain to ignore the sound. When it comes to hearing aids and tinnitus, a Miracle-Ear HCP can help you find the right model for your needs.

Find tinnitus relief today

If you experience tinnitus, don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor or hearing instrument specialist about how you can best manage the symptoms.

FAQs about the tinnitus test

An online tinnitus test can help determine if the symptoms you’re experiencing are likely tinnitus and to what degree it’s affecting your life. However, an official tinnitus diagnosis must come from a doctor or HCP. They would conduct a hearing test, which can evaluate your tinnitus and measure your hearing levels.

An ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor can do a physical exam of your head, neck and ears, and order imaging—like an MRI, CT scan or ultrasound—to see if there is a physical underlying condition causing your tinnitus symptoms.

Audiologists test for tinnitus by conducting a comprehensive hearing test, which may include:

  • an audiogram,
  • a speech recognition test,
  • a tympanogram,
  • acoustic reflex testing,
  • tinnitus matching,
  • otoacoustic emission testing.

A diagnosis of tinnitus can usually be made simply by sharing your symptoms with your healthcare professionals. However, an audiologist may conduct a high-frequency hearing test to determine the pitch and intensity of your tinnitus.

No, undergoing a hearing test cannot make your tinnitus symptoms worse.

Tinnitus may go away, depending on the underlying cause—such as resolving an earwax blockage or ear infection or changing a medication. However, for many people, tinnitus is a lifelong issue
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