What Is Tinnitus

What is tinnitus?  It is a constant noise in the ears that can be very distressing to the sufferer and can be likened to sounds like hissing, whooshing, ringing an screeching.  It is estimated that at least 15% of our population suffer from tinnitus in varying degrees from mild to acute.

What Is TinnitusYou want your hearing to be as sharp and clear as possible. For this reason, when you visit your doctor for your yearly examination he will check your ears. If you bring up any concerns such as reduced hearing or ringing sounds, he will probably refer you to an audiologist who may diagnose tinnitus.

Different Types Of Tinnitus
The most common forms of tinnitus are Subjective Tinnitus, Objective Tinnitus and Pulsatile Tinnitus.

Subjective Tinnitus: Can only be heard by you and no-one else. The most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss.

Objective Tinnitus: Can be heard by yourself as well as by others, e.g., through a doctor’s stethoscope. This form of tinnitus may be curable, depending on the cause. It is not as common as subjective tinnitus.

Pulsatile Tinnitus: Sometimes known as PT is a form of objective tinnitus and is described as a pulsating blood flow near the ear.

What Are The Sounds Of Tinnitus?
Sometimes tinnitus noises can be loud enough to interfere with your ability to hear other external sounds, such as conversations.

Some of these sounds are listed below:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Roaring
  • Screeching
  • Pulsing
  • Whooshing
  • Hissing

Tinnitus can develop in one ear or both; it can come and go or it can be continuous. What is tinnitus, and what effects can it have on your quality of life? If your tinnitus is severe enough, it may actually begin to interfere with your ability to carry out daily activities, such as talking to others, using the phone, listening to music or a television show, or interacting with others at work. It can also interfere with regular sleep patterns, so if you are at all concerned that you may have tinnitus, visit your doctor for an accurate diagnosis.

Listen To Tinnitus Sounds:  To listen to the different sounds of tinnitus, you can play the recordings or download them for Free.

Useful Resources:

The International Tinnitus Journal: http://www.tinnitusjournal.com/detalhe_artigo.asp?id=146

University of Maryland Medical Center:  http://www.umm.edu/otolaryngology/tinnitus.htm

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