Tinnitus

William  K. Drell, M.D. -  - TMS Specialist

Houston West TMS

William K. Drell, M.D.

TMS Specialist located in Houston, TX

When you seem to hear a noise, with no sound source, it’s defined as tinnitus. It might feel like a buzzing, rushing, or hissing in your ears. When no auditory condition is diagnosed, you may need a psychiatric evaluation to figure out the root of your tinnitus. At Houston West TMS in Houston, Texas, William Drell, MD, is a Brainsway Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (Deep TMS) specialist and board-certified psychiatrist who may be able to offer you some hope by using Deep TMS to reduce your tinnitus symptoms. Please note that TMS is not FDA-approved for the treatment of tinnitus. TMS is an off-label treatment for tinnitus that deserves consideration. It is not covered by insurance at this time. Call the office or request an appointment online if you have been diagnosed with idiopathic tinnitus.

Tinnitus Q & A

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus may be a symptom of another condition. In some medical cases, it can result due to blood pressure irregularities or diabetes. You may have damage to the nerve endings in your ears, head or neck trauma, or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues. But, tinnitus is often not associated with a treatable medical condition. Tinnitus isn’t dangerous, but it can be incredibly irritating and disruptive.

Symptoms of tinnitus are the presence of noise in the form of:

  • Ringing
  • Hissing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking

You may hear sounds in one ear or both. Tinnitus can be constant or intermittent. It also can be loud at times and faint at others.

What are the risk factors for tinnitus?

Men are more likely than women to experience tinnitus. Cardiovascular problems, such as narrowed arteries and high blood pressure, being exposed to loud noises, smoking, and older age, can also increase your risk of developing tinnitus.

However, research shows a connection between psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety and depression, and idiopathic tinnitus. In more severe cases of depression and anxiety, the tinnitus may become more annoying and intense.

How is tinnitus diagnosed?

To diagnose your tinnitus and develop a personalized treatment plan, Dr. Drell and his team review your medical history and symptoms. He may also complete a hearing exam, mental health evaluation, movement tests, or imaging procedures like MRIs or CT scans to properly assess your condition.

How is tinnitus addressed?

Don’t settle for a recommendation from your primary care provider or an ENT specialist to just live with tinnitus that has no clear cause. 

Make an appointment with Dr. Drell to see if your tinnitus can be traced to an underlying depressive, anxiety, or another behavioral disorder. 

He helps you manage the negative emotions accompanying your tinnitus and possibly reduce tinnitus symptoms with TMS, which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerves in your brain responsible for mood control.

During treatment, Dr. Drell places electromagnetic coils near your forehead to deliver magnetic pulses to your brain in targeted areas for symptom relief.

If you suffer from tinnitus and want to try DeepTMS, call Houston West TMS or request a consultation online.