In a lot of cases, hearing a permanent ringing noise in your ears is an indication that you have tinnitus. Of course, it isn't quite that simple. Tinnitus can actually result in many different types of noises, often ringing, hissing, clicking and buzzing. It is also important to remember that these are internal noises only – that is, no one else will be able to hear them except you.
It is estimated that more than 12 million people in the united states alone have suffered from ringing sounds and this can severly impact your day to day life – not only can it play havoc with your sleep pattern and concentration but it can also cause problems in itself such as depression and anxiety. This is why it is important to investigate the cause of your tinnitus today.
The type of sound you hear can sometimes indicate what is causing the tinnitus. For example, hissing is usually indicative of noise-induced tinnitus or when it is whistling or rushing then this is mainly caused by stress.
If you can hear noises in time with your heartbeat then this suggests, most of the time, that you have pulsatile tinnitus.
Any of the sounds and symptoms mentioned here will need to be looked at by a doctor or specialist. Tinnitus is not a disease, not life-threatening but it can be incredibly frustrating for the sufferer. Furthermore, due to the vast number of symptoms and causes it is impossible to know if there is nerve damage without professional help.
The following medical conditions may also cause the onset of tinnitus
- Nerve damage from stress or repeated exposure to loud noises
- Sinus problems
- long term use of ototoxic drugs such as aspirin
- hearing loss (due to age)
- head injuries
- long term use of cosmetics containing Potassium Nitrate
- long term use of cosmetics with Salicylates
- Change in blood flow to the ears (including any of the above)
The treatment for it varies depending on the symptoms but ultimately it should involve treating the conditions root cause and not the symptoms itself. More and more are being developed with varying results but it can often be as simple as to stop using items that contain Potassium Nitrate or Salicylates, such as exfoliators or toothpaste for sensitive teeth.
Of course, this will not cure every case; as mentioned above, the treatment will need to cure the cause of the ringing noises not the noises themselves. There are a multitude of ways to do this and even if your treatment is likely to last a while there are things you can do to minimize the volume – hearing aids, and special ear pieces that play music to counter the sounds have been developed which both all but remove the sounds while wearing them.
As you can see, there are a lot of options when it comes to treatment. It is more important that you seek help for your tinnitus today since the sooner you start, the sooner you can be rid of the frustrating sounds.
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