If you experience a buzzing, roaring, chirping, whistling or ringing sound in your ears, then it’s likely you 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 can usually only be heard by the one affected. It’s a common problem that affects up to 20% of the population.
For many people, tinnitus can simply be an irritation that they can ignore. However, for others, it can cause stress, frustration, depression, irritability, memory problems, trouble concentrating, sleep problems, and fatigue. Tinnitus isn’t necessarily the sign of anything serious, but it can worsen with age. There are several treatments available that can help improve tinnitus by treating the underlying cause or reducing or masking the noise so the tinnitus is 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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