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What is Tinnitus
This is when one or both ears perceive sound for which there is no corresponding external source. In other words, the sounds that are heard actually do not exist. It is often described as a ‘ringing’, ‘buzzing’, ‘humming’ or ‘hissing ‘in the ears or head. Tinnitus is very common and especially obvious when it is quiet.
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Causes of Tinnitus
There are a number of causes which may trigger Tinnitus to name a few: Middle ear infections, dental or jaw problems, side effects from some medications, exposure to loud sounds, hearing loss, illnesses, outer ear infections and wax blocking the outer ear canal.
Different Tinnitus triggers, often makes different sounds. If you are hearing bursts of sharp clicking sounds, then it is most likely that you are hearing muscle contractions in and around your ear. These bursts of sound may last from a few seconds to several minutes. If you are hearing rushing or humming sounds the it may be something vascular. If this is the case, you will notice it when exercising or when you lie down, stand up and change your position. Heart beat sounds could indicate blood vessel problems such as high blood pressure, a tumor, and a blockage of the ear canal or eustachian tube amplifying the sound of your heartbeat in your ears (pulsatile tinnitus).
On the other hand if you are hearing a low-pitched ringing in one ear might indicate Meniere’s disease, or that you are about to have an attack of vertigo — a sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving. High-pitched ringing is often a result of a blow to the eardrum or prolonged exposure to loud sounds. This often resides after a few hours, however if there is hearing loss, then the tinnitus may become permanent. Hearing loss due to long term exposure and ageing can cause continuous high-pitched ringing in the ears. If you are hearing other sounds, don’t feel left out. Stiff inner ear bones (otosclerosis) can cause low-pitched tinnitus that may be continuous or may come and go. Earwax, foreign bodies or hairs in the ear canal can rub against the eardrum causing a variety of sounds.
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