- by Dr Raghavendra K S Senses ENT care Center
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- Nov 04 2017
UNDERSTANDING TINNITUS: CAUSES, SYMPTOMS & TREATMENTS
WHAT IS TINNITUS?
Tinnitus is a condition involving a ringing in the ears. It may vary from roaring, clicking, hissing or buzzing. The sound could be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. It could be present in one or both the ears. Nobody else gets to hear the sound and you may think you are imagining it. You feel irritated and the noise disrupts your daily routine. All of us have heard a buzzing sound once in a while, after attending a concert or being exposed to loud music but some experience a persistent form of noise that is disturbing and uncomfortable.
A number of health conditions can cause tinnitus but no one reason can be attributed to tinnitus. It could be caused by one of the following conditions.
- Head and neck injuries
- Ear infections
- Eustachian tube problems
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Age related hearing loss
- Exposure to loud nose
There are certain factors which may put you at a greater risk of developing Tinnitus.
Loud noise exposure from work, headphones, concerts, explosives
Gender, men are more likely to experience tinnitus
Tinnitus involves the irritating sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is actually present.
The annoying noise varies in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal. In some cases, the sound can be so loud that it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may lead to stress, depression, emotional problems, troubled sleeping, anxiety and fatigue.
There is no proven cure for tinnitus but treatments are available to provide relief from the symptoms.
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