What is Tinnitus?

“Tinnitus” — a Latin word meaning “ringing”, is a physical condition in which a person can hear noise from within the ear or body rather than from an external source. Therefore, it is commonly termed as the “ears ringing” or “ringing in ears”.

Tinnitus is a symptom of radical conditions that may commonly include ear infection or injury, hearing loss due to aging, neurological damage, disorder in circulatory system, exposure to loud sounds, foreign objects or wax build-up in the ear, etc.

tinnitus causes and cures

Due to these underlying conditions, different types of annoying noises may be heard in both ears such as buzzing, ringing, hissing, clicking, roaring, etc. The sound may come with varying pitches from low to high. Tinnitus may suddenly come and go or may remain all the time.

There are two basic types of Tinnitus the affect people in different ways:

Subjective Tinnitus:

Accounting for about 95 percent of Tinnitus cases, subjective is, without a doubt, the most widespread type of Tinnitus.

It’s called “subjective tinnitus” because only the affected person (the subject) can hear the sound.The affected person can only hear the noise.

The primary cause of subjective tinnitus is exposure to loud noises or ear injury; hearing problem due to brain nerve damage, etc.

Symptoms and severity may differ from person to person, depending on the reaction to the sound. It may occur suddenly and last up 3 to 12 months, or even longer.

Objective Tinnitus:

It is a rare Tinnitus type, mainly resulting from muscle contractions, conditions in the inner ear bone or a vascular anomaly. A doctor can hear it while examining the condition of an affected person.

It is also known as “pulsatile tinnitus” because the noise beats in time with the pulse or heartbeat of the person. Definable grounds are always associated with Objective Tinnitus and can be cured by medical surgery or treatment.

The Long and Short of it:

Tinnitus usually occurs subjectively and often difficult to measure objectively. It is clinically rated with the scale from mild to severe, depending on the imposed difficulties like intervention with silent activities, sleep, and other day to day processes. Tinnitus may get worse with maturity in age; however it can be treated according to the underlying causes, while alleviating or improving the condition.