Most of us have experienced a high pitched ringing in our ears after a loud day or a great concert. But if it's a ringing that won't seem to go away you can start thinking about tinnitus. Usually a ringing in your ears goes away after a while, but if it's tinnitus it can persist for a lot longer, and includes the following noises as symptoms:
The sounds can vary from a low roar to a high squeal and can be heard in one or both ears, sometimes it can get so loud that you can't concentrate, sleep or hear actual sound properly. Tinnitus can come and go, but in some cases it simply sticks.
Now, the best thing to do is go to the doctor, especially when tinnitus springs up unannounced, mostly after a cold or respiratory infection, and becomes a constant thing. If you experience sudden tinnitus with no apparent cause followed by bouts of dizziness or hearing loss then you need to visit your GP immediately.
There isn't just one type of tinnitus that affects people, there are two kinds: Subjective and Objective. Subjective tinnitus produces a sound that only you can hear, and is the most common of the types. Objective tinnitus is when you and others can hear the ringing coming from inside your ears and is a more rare form of the condition.
Tinnitus is not exactly a disease or illness, it's a condition that can make your life complicated. However, in some cases tinnitus can indicate another underlying condition, which is why it's safer, as mentioned before, to visit your doctor if you experience sudden and persistent tinnitus.
Don't worry though, this condition isn't untreatable! If it doesn't go away on its own, there are natural remedies and various therapies you can try to reduce the ringing or concentrate better while experiencing it.
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