Treatment depends on whether your tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. You may be referred to an ear, nose and throat physician, if needed, to discuss treatment options.
Hearing loss after trauma can be treated in multiple ways. The best initial workup is to obtain a formal hearing evaluation, performed by an audiologist, usually on the same day that you see your Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician. If hearing loss is present, your ENT will discuss the type of hearing loss you have and the best treatment plan. As a quick overview, hearing loss is either sensorineural (the inner ear, the nerve or the brain are at fault), conductive (the outer ear, ear canal, eardrum or the bones of hearing at fault), or both. Your hearing test should be able to determine the type of hearing you have, which then guides the treatment. Sensorineural hearing loss, for the most part, is usually permanent. Conductive hearing loss, especially after trauma, may improve after surgery, if necessary. Your ENT will discuss your treatment options.
Nasal congestion or blockages are certainly a nuisance and can affect a person's quality of life. It's very important to find out what exactly is causing the symptoms. Most commonly, the problem areas are either at the nasal septum or the nasal turbinates. Deviated nasal septum and enlargement of the nasal turbinates are common causes of nasal congestion. Initial treatment is usually aimed at treating the nasal tissues and decrease their swelling. Use of various nasal sprays, allergy medication, and saline sprays/irrigations can help with nasal congestion/blockage. If symptoms do not improve, there may be other reasons for the blockage, such a severely deviated septal cartilage or bone spurs, nasal polyps or masses in the nasal cavity or in the back of the nose called the nasopharynx which only surgery may address. It's important to see an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) physician who can examine your nasal passages and recommend the proper treatment plan.
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery (FESS) can be very beneficial when performed for the right reasons. It is generally a safe procedure, but like with any surgery, there may be complications. Complications that your ENT surgeon should discuss with you include:
1) Anesthesia complications - There is always a small risk with general anesthesia. This risk is increased if there is any family history of trouble with anesthesia. The risks can range from nausea and vomiting to very rare life-threatening problems. You can discuss any questions with your anesthesiologist.
4. Scarring of the inside of the nose
5. Chronic nasal drainage or excessive dryness or crusting of the nose
6. Pain or numbness of the upper teeth, palate, or face
7. Rare complications include bleeding around the eye, loss of vision, or leakage of spinal fluid from the roof of the nose.
Having a neck mass can certainly cause some anxiety, especially as you're waiting for the results of your biopsy. The diagnosis of a neck mass is rather broad. Depending on your age, certain diagnoses are more common than others. Generally, the younger the patient, the more likely chance that the mass is due to inflammation. In older adults, a neoplasm (either malignant/cancerous or benign/noncancerous) is more likely. However, other possible causes could be infectious, inflammatory, autoimmune and congenital (something you were born with, but may present as the person gets older).