What are Tinnitus Symptoms? But First – What is Tinnitus? About one in every five people experience tinnitus, and about 9 Million people suffer from deafness and hard hearing in UK alone. Tinnitus is a condition where noise or ringing in the ears can be constantly heard and is the most common symptom for hearing loss.
What causes Tinnitus?
Contrary to what most people believe, tinnitus is not a disease or a condition in itself. Rather, it is a symptom of an underlying condition. Among these conditions are ear infection, impacted ear drum, deafness due to aging, tumor in the ears or brain and even circulatory problems.
Most people with tinnitus have been exposed to a series of loud noises and the ringing that we hear in the absence of external noise is also a primary indication of tinnitus. Constant exposure to loud noises or close range noise or music from earphones are triggering factors for the buzzing and pounding that we hear. Constant pressure and stress on our eardrums will strain the hearing capabilities of the person and are often the primary factors that trigger the rise of tinnitus symptoms.
As such, tinnitus often serves as a glaring warning signal for hearing loss. People with a debilitating hearing or progressive deafness would often complain of light buzzing and ringing in the affected ear. Silence often aggravates the tinnitus symptoms and increases the sound of the buzzing.
Tinnitus Symptoms How do I know if I have Tinnitus?
Tinnitus Symptoms can go from mild to moderate and the tinnitus experience of one patient to another may vary. Consequently, the different symptoms of tinnitus can be felt and experienced differently by each person. One may Silencil hear banging, the other pounding or clanging; some may hear hissing or slow ringing. And the volume and frequency of these noises also vary just like the triggering factors of the tinnitus symptoms could also differ.
If you are wary of seeing an audiologist for a diagnosis, there are hearing tests to determine the possibility of hearing loss and tinnitus that we can perform at the comfort of our homes.
- When you keep hearing low whispers, ringing and buzzing in an ear, try covering with a palm of your hand and observe if the ringing decreases. If the noise level does not lower and seems to come closer, the buzzing may be an indication of tinnitus. Alternate with your other ear and record the noise levels.
- Listen to gushing water by standing near a faucet or in the shower and observe the noises. If they are masked by the sound of flowing water, it is most likely that you have tinnitus as a common therapy for the disorder is “masking” of the sound.
It is known that tinnitus may worsen over a period of time. When a person with tinnitus is continually exposed to a round of extremely loud noises, tinnitus may progress at an accelerated pace.