What is tinnitus? most people think tinnitus is a ringing in your ears, in fact it can be a number of different sounds but with tinnitus the sounds you hear have no external source, this can be quite distracting as there’s no way to remove yourself from the source of the sound. Tinnitus can be short-term or long-term and is caused by a wide number of factors ranging from exposure to loud sounds to ear wax or even stress.
What does tinnitus sound like?
While most people describe tinnitus as a ringing sound in their ear, there is a wide range of sounds people can experience, these include buzzing, whistling, humming hissing and grinding, the noise can be constant or occasional, quiet or loud.
How do i know if i have tinnitus?
If you can hear one of the common tinnitus sounds like ringing but there is no external source then it’s likely you are experiencing tinnitus.
Tinnitus is very common and can affect people of all age groups including children, in fact about 30 percent of us will experience tinnitus at some point in our lives. For most people, tinnitus is a temporary thing but one in eight adults lives with persistent tinnitus of these about 10 percent feel it has a significant impact on their quality of life.
What causes tinnitus?
It’s hard to say what causes tinnitus because tinnitus isn’t a disease or an illness in itself, it’s actually a symptom of a number of underlying conditions, these conditions can be physical or mental and aren’t even necessarily related to the ear itself, exposure to loud noise is the most well known cause of tinnitus but tinnitus can also be caused by a buildup of earwax, a perforated eardrum, a side effect to prescription, medication conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure or even depression and anxiety.
Does tinnitus lead to hearing loss?
Although severe tinnitus can interfere with your hearing, the condition itself does not cause hearing loss, tinnitus is more common in people who have hearing loss or other ear problems but it can also be found in people with normal hearing, the delicate hair cells in the inner ear may reduce in number due to wear and tear as people age this gradual change can cause hearing loss which can make tinnitus more noticeable.