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What You Should Know About Tinnitus

What You Should Know About Tinnitus

Having occasional ringing in your ears is fairly common, especially after being in a noisy environment, but it can become a problem if it happens more often. This hearing problem, known as tinnitus, occurs when signals between your ear and brain are interrupted or changed due to age, injury or other causes. Learn more about this hearing problem, including why it occurs and how it is treated. 

What Does Tinnitus Sound Like?

When you have tinnitus, you might experience ringing, hissing, buzzing or another sound that doesn’t come from any objects around you. These sounds can range from high-pitched to low-pitched, and this pitch can change. In some people, tinnitus occurs as a musical sound. Subjective tinnitus is a kind of tinnitus that occurs when only you can hear ringing or other sounds in your ears. A less common form is objective tinnitus, which occurs when a healthcare provider can hear a noise in your ears during an exam. This can happen due to blood vessel problems or conditions that affect your middle ear.

When you suffer from hearing loss, your neurons can end up becoming more sensitive and pick up on electrical noises within your brain, which you experience as buzzing or a similar sound.

What Causes Tinnitus?

There are many potential causes of tinnitus, including the aging process, exposure to extreme noises, head or ear trauma, ear infections and diseases that affect the ear. Loud noise exposure, injuries and illnesses can cause changes in your brain’s ability to receive signals from your ears, resulting in ringing or other sounds. This ringing sensation can also occur as a side effect of antibiotics, aspirin and other medications or in response to stress. It’s also important to note that tinnitus is associated with hearing loss. When you suffer from hearing loss, your neurons can end up becoming more sensitive and pick up on electrical noises within your brain, which you experience as buzzing or a similar sound. 

How is Tinnitus Treated?

Treatment for tinnitus depends on what is causing it to occur. This might involve treating an underlying health condition, such as high blood pressure, or switching to a different medication. In some cases, removing earwax helps ease tinnitus. If this does not help, your doctor might recommend using a white noise machine or masking device to help suppress tinnitus noises. Hearing aids might be recommended if you have hearing loss and tinnitus. A hearing aid can improve your ability to hear external sounds and decrease your awareness of sounds associated with tinnitus. Certain medications, such as tricyclic antidepressants, are sometimes used for severe cases or tinnitus, but keep in mind that these can lead to unpleasant side effects. 

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