If you can hear a strange ringing, buzzing, chirping or whistling sound in one or both of your ears, you could have tinnitus.
The definition of tinnitus is a sensation of noise such as a ringing that is typically caused by a bodily condition such as a disturbance of the auditory system and is usually only heard by the person affected.
Tinnitus is a fairly common problem and in most cases, it is just mildly irritating. However, for some people, tinnitus can be so severe it can cause frustration, confusion, stress, depression, irritability, trouble concentrating, fatigue, sleep problems, and even memory problems.
While tinnitus doesn’t have to be a sign that something more serious is wrong, symptoms can get worse as you get older. Fortunately, there are treatments available that provide effective relief from tinnitus by either treating the underlying cause or reducing or masking the sounds so the tinnitus is far less noticeable.
In some rare cases, a blood vessel disorder can lead to tinnitus, known as pulsatile tinnitus. Pulsatile tinnitus causes include:
Unusual ear sounds such as tinnitus can often be worsened by stress and anxiety. Your auditory system has neural connections to the part of your brain that deals with emotions. When this limbic system is very active, the brain can struggle to shut down tinnitus. As the tinnitus continues it can also cause your stress and anxiety to rise which then in turn increases your tinnitus symptoms.
When it comes to how to treat tinnitus, your first step should be visiting your doctor or hearing care professional. They will be able to assess your symptoms and determine the best tinnitus treatment for you. Some treatments for tinnitus include:
If you are experiencing unusual sounds in your ears or you have any concerns about your hearing, schedule a consultation with a hearing care professional who will be able to assess you, and discuss your options.
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