Tinnitus is something that often goes ignored, but it is often a symptom of an underlying condition and needs to be looked at so that it can be properly treated. It usually is not a sign of anything serious but can be the result of hearing loss or an ear injury. Here is some information on tinnitus and what you should do if you think you are suffering from it.
There is one common symptom of tinnitus and that is the sensation of hearing sound when there is no external sound present. More simply, it is when your ear rings. You can also hear other types of noises aside from ringing like buzzing, roaring, clicking, or hissing. The noise level can vary and can be present in just one ear or both. It is something that can be heard at all times or it can come and go.
There are two types of tinnitus:
1. Subjective: This is the type that only you can hear and Is the most common type
2. Objective: With this kind, your doctor can actually hear it when they do an evaluation.
There are a variety of causes and they vary depending on type. With subjective tinnitus, the cause is typically related to problems with the hearing nerves. It can also be an issue with the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound. These issues typically stem from age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, and earwax blockages. Objective tinnitus has some more serious causes. It can come from a blood vessel problem or muscle contractions.
When To See A Doctor
You should see a doctor If you have any type of tinnitus is bothering you. You should take more urgency with making an appointment if it develops suddenly and without an apparent cause. Also, if hearing loss or dizziness comes with the tinnitus, you should contact a doctor immediately. If tinnitus develops after something like a cold and doesn’t improve within a week, contact your doctor as well.
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