What is Tinnitus?


Tinnitus is characterized by a continuous or intermittent sound in the ear. Many people experience it as a ringing in the ears, other sounds including crickets, whooshing, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing and even music. It can be a temporary condition or may be a lifetime problem.

The causes of Tinnitus are thought to vary from a variety of different things including a single loud noise like an explosion or even a shot gun blast, an ear infection, a head injury, or from a disease.

Tinnitus can also be a symptom of other ear disorders including blocked ear canal, blocked Eustachian tube, Otosolerosis, Meniere’s disease, damage caused by drugs such as some antibiotics, hearing loss, and tumors of the middle ear. It can also be seen in patients with other disorders such as anemia, heart and blood vessel disorders, and hypothyroidism.

Even a simple thing such as a buildup of wax can cause Tinnitus. The most common cause does seem to be a prolonged exposure to loud sounds like music from boom boxes, construction equipment, industrial equipment, and other loud repetitive sounds. But, even a one time loud blast can bring on the symptoms.

Many people that are diagnosed have many different reasons for this condition. Some noises that do not cause tinnitus in one person can cause severe tinnitus in another.

Stress does seem to be a factor that increases the symptoms of Tinnitus. People that are under a large amount of stress can have a “ringing in the ears”. This can be a temporary condition and go away as soon as the stress is relieved.

Relieving stress no matter what the cause of tinnitus can ease the suffering associated with the annoying noise in your ears. So, the best way to find comfort is to find a way to relieve the stress in your life.

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