What Is Tinnitus?
Most people have never heard the term ‘Tinnitus’ although they may have it. Tinnitus is essentially noise or ringing in the ears, and it is quite common, affecting approximately one in every five people in the world. Tinnitus, however, is not an illness or a disease. It is a symptom of something else.
Tinnitus may be caused by hearing loss that is brought on by age. It could also be caused by an injury to your ear, or it could signify a disorder or problem with your circulation. The good news is that there is treatment available for Tinnitus, just as there is treatment available for the various things that can cause tinnitus. The problem is recognizing and explaining tinnitus for what it is.
Doctor: What’s the problem?
Patient: My ears are ringing.
Doctor: Where is the ringing coming from?
Patient: From my ear.
Doctor: What does it sound like?
Patient: err, ringing.
This can be very frustrating. Ringing in the ears can describe so many different sounds, and it actually can seem like it is coming from different areas of the ear.Sitemap 2 The sound could be an actual ringing, a buzzing, and a clicking sound, a roar, a hiss, or even a whistle. Different sounds can mean different sounds, so it is important to try to clearly distinguish what the ringing sounds like. Sitemap 3 The noise can be very subtle, or very loud – or somewhere in between. It can sound like it is coming from deep within your ear, or closer to the outer portion of your ear. Sitemap 4 Again, concentrate on it, and identify and describe it as best as you possibly can, so that your doctor can make a better diagnosis of the problem.
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It is interesting to note that there are actually two types of tinnitus: Subjective tinnitus, which is noise or ringing that only you hear, or Objective tinnitus, which your doctor can also hear when he or she examines your ear. Sitemap 7 Objective tinnitus is rare, while Subjective tinnitus is more common.
You are at greater risk for tinnitus if you are exposed to loud noises without ear protection, if you are aging, if you are a man, if you are Caucasian, and if you have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Sitemap 9 Tinnitus can affect your life, in that it can cause you to have trouble focusing or concentrating, and interrupt your sleep patterns. Sitemap 10 Treatment is available, and should be sought if the problem continues or becomes disruptive. Sitemap 11