The Basics of Tinnitus

Have you been experiencing a persistent ringing in your ears? You’ve tried multiple remedies, but it doesn’t seem to get any better? You may have a form of Tinnitus. The most immediate symptom that you’ll notice is a persistent ringing in your ears. Learn more about this disorder below!

Symptoms to look for:

Tinnitus consists of phantom noises in one or both of your ears. It may be low enough that you barely notice, it might come and go, or the noise is loud enough to affect your concentration. The sounds you might hear: Ringing, Buzzing, Clicking, Humming, Hissing, Roaring
Child's Ear Suffering From Hearing Loss

Two kinds of Tinnitus can be heard:

Subjective Tinnitus: This is the most common form you’ll hear about. It’s usually caused when there is a problem with the inner, middle, or outer ear. It can cause issues with your auditory nerves (the hearing) or the auditory pathways, which is how the brain interprets sound with nerve signals.
Objective Tinnitus: This happens when your Tinnitus is caused by a problem with the blood vessels, muscle contractions, or a bone condition in the middle ear. Usually, the doctor can see it during the examination.

When to see the doctor:

If the Tinnitus develops after an upper respiratory infection, a cold, etc. and it doesn’t improve within a week. Your Tinnitus happens with no underlying cause You experience dizziness or hearing loss with your Tinnitus
Ear Specialist performing a Hearing Test

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