Tinnitus is a hearing disorder that can be treated using one of several different methods depending on the causes of your tinnitus symptoms. More than 50 million sufferers exist in the U.S. Your symptoms may range from mild to severe.
If your symptoms are significant, you may need psychological support to learn to cope with the noises and their interference in your daily life. Tinnitus symptoms can come in the form of sounds as well as being mental or physical.
The list below shows just a few of the known symptoms:
- Sounds similar to those made by cicadas. This is the most common tinnitus sound.
- Hearing loss within certain frequencies is to be expected.
- It is known that other symptoms of tinnitus can be fatigue, depression and irritability.
Different kinds of tinnitus have been described, including “objective tinnitus,” which you, as well as others, can hear.
“Subjective tinnitus” results from inner ear damage where you will be the only one able to hear these sounds.
“Vascular or Pulsatile Tinnitus” results from hearing loss, swallowing issues or hoarseness and can develop from a thickening of the carotid artery, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s website.
“Myoclonus of the Stapedius and Tensor Tympani” is a type of muscle spasm tinnitus. Two muscles in the middle ear normally protect your hearing against loud sounds, but can begin contracting spontaneously, causing a repetitive clicking noise. This condition can be treated with stress relief, relaxation or a muscle relaxant.
It should also be known that Tinnitus itself can be a symptom of other underlying conditions such as tumors and growths. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of teeth grinding.
If you or someone you know are suffering from any of the above-mentioned persistent tinnitus symptoms it is recommended that you see a doctor for accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.
University of Maryland Medical Center: http://www.umm.edu/otolaryngology/tinnitus.htm
Check your symptoms (Q&A Tool): http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/kb/content/symptom/tinit.html#hw88349
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