Are you suffering from mild to moderate hearing loss? Do you hear constant ringing, buzzing, hissing, beeping, clicking, or whistling sounds? If you answered yes, you may be suffering from Tinnitus. That’s probably the reason why you’re here (duh)!
So I’m glad you found my site and landed on this article. I have some very important and useful information to share with you about the ringing in the ears so listen up (no pun intended) and let’s get started..
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is an extremely annoying buzzing, clicking, ringing, hissing, beeping, roaring, or whistling sound in your ears when in fact there is no outside source of the sound. Tinnitus isn’t classified as any type of disorder; it is actually a symptom of another problem. For example, you may be or have experienced age related hearing loss, injury to the ears, or a circulatory system disorder. All of those issues can cause Tinnitus. Although extremely annoying and bothersome, Tinnitus isn’t usually a sign of something seriously wrong with your body. In fact, it’s fairly common (1 in 5 suffer from tinnitus) and has some fairly common treatments.
On this website, you will discover:
-Symptoms of Tinnitus
-Common Problems That Cause Tinnitus
-Risk Factors Associated with Tinnitus
-How to Diagnose
-Alternative Medicine/Treatment Methods
-How to Cope
So let’s jump right in and talk about some common symptoms of tinnitus.
Symptoms of Tinnitus can vary from high squealing noises to low roaring type sounds. The sounds heard can vary in pitch. Some hear the noises in both ears, and others hear the noises in just one ear. For some people, these phantom sounds may be so loud and obnoxious that they interfere with daily life, ability to concentrate, and hear REAL sounds. Tinnitus also may not be a constant sound. It is possible for the sounds to come and go (intermittent).
Common sounds heard:
you may also experience:
-Increased stress levels
-Short and long term memory problems
-Irritability and high anxiety
These symptoms may be present in both Subjective and Objective tinnitus.
Subjective tinnitus is the kind that allows only you to hear the sounds. This means there may be a problem in your inner, middle or outer ear and no one else can hear the noises. Another explanation may be a problem with the nerves in your ear (auditory nerves) that allow your brain to pick up nerve signals and interpret them as sounds (auditory pathways).
Objective tinnitus is the kind that allows yourself AND others to hear the sounds coming from your ears. Sounds strange, I know…why would ears make sounds? Anyways…. this kind of tinnitus is usually caused by a problem with your blood vessels, condition with the bone in your inner ear, or muscle contractions within your ear. This type of tinnitus is far more rare than the subjective kind.
Read more on subjective & objective tinnitus
When Should I See a Doctor?
You should see a doctor if:
-You have a sudden onset of any of these symptoms without a cause
-You develop tinnitus symptoms after a cold (upper respiratory infection) and your symptoms don’t improve within 7 days
-You feel dizzy or experience hearing loss
What do My Symptoms Mean?
Clicking. The clicking sound is caused by contracting muscles around and inside of your ear. You may hear these clicking noises in short bursts lasting from a few seconds to several minutes.
Humming/Rushing. If you are experiencing this symptom, the origin may be vascular (related to blood vessels). The rushing/humming sound may get worse during exercise or while switching positions like standing up or laying down.
Loud Heartbeat. High blood pressure, tumors, aneurysms and ear canal blockages could all be the culprits of the heartbeat sounds. This is commonly referred to as pulsatile tinnitus.
Low Tone Ring. This is more commonly associated with Meniere’s disease. If you know you have Meniere’s disease, you may notice the ringing get more intense right before you experience vertigo (dizziness, spinning feeling).
High Pitch Ringing. This could be caused by a blow to to ear or head, exposure to loud, constant noise, age related hearing loss, or even certain medications. Typically this type of tinnitus will go away after a few hours BUT if you permanently damaged your ears, you may experience the ringing permanently.
In addition to exposure and trauma, acoustic neuroma can cause high pitched ringing noises.