November 5, 2018
Ringing, roaring, clicking, buzzing. These are the words people have used to describe symptoms of tinnitus and while some people hear the noise constantly, for others, it comes and goes. But what exactly is tinnitus? Is it a temporary condition or one that must be managed for the rest of one’s life? How do you know if you have it? At Beltone South, we know that determining what type of hearing loss you have can be difficult. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you determine if you are suffering from tinnitus.
What Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus causes an individual to perceive a sound in one or both ears. Often, people describe it as a ringing sound, but it can manifest as roaring, clicking, or buzzing. Most of the time, the individual is the only one who can hear the noise. That’s because tinnitus is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. While tinnitus may affect one in five people, it is not a serious or life-threatening issue.
What Are The Common Symptoms?
The ringing, roaring, clicking, or buzzing noise is the most common symptom of tinnitus. With subjective tinnitus, which is the most common type, only the individual experiencing the sound is able to hear it. Subjective tinnitus is often caused by issues with your auditory nerves or the auditory pathways in your brain that process sounds. Objective tinnitus is less common. When an individual has objective tinnitus, the noise they hear can also be heard by a doctor upon examination. In this instance, the noise is likely caused by an issue with a blood vessel, a middle ear condition, or muscle contractions.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying health condition, however it can be caused by external factors. Often, tinnitus is the result of age-related hearing loss. Since individuals 55 and older often experience issues with their hearing, tinnitus can be one of the symptoms they experience. Additionally, prolonged exposure to medium-to-high levels of noise (from things such as chainsaws, firearms, heavy equipment, loud music, and more. Though not as common, tinnitus can be caused by Meniere’s disease, a condition where an individual experiences an abnormal amount of inner ear fluid pressure. Other causes of tinnitus include earwax build up, bone changes, head or neck injury, and tmj disorders.
If you or a loved one is struggling with tinnitus, the experienced team at Beltone South can help. We can evaluate your level of hearing loss and determine how best to move forward. Whether you’ve had a hearing test before or you’ve never been examined, look no further than the team at Beltone South.