Tinnitus: Understanding the Ringing

When you try to tilt your head again, what was that you were hearing again? If hear ringing bells when no belfries are around or trying to consider buzzing bees inside the elevator, you might want to seek medical attention as soon as possible.

Hearing noises while in your lucid moments doesn’t mean you need a shrink. You are sane. It’s just that your ears aren’t cooperating well.

The Subject

Affecting 1 out of 5 people, TINNITUS is a state characterized by ringing or noise in the ears. It isn’t a disorder by itself. However, it may signal a presence of an underlying condition.

Though it may be quite common among elderly clients and rarely a serious matter, ringing sounds among the younger population might signal something unwanted medically and/or may cause discomfort and dysfunction.

The phantom noises you might hear range from buzzing to ringing, roaring, clicking, hissing and whistling. These sounds may vary in pitch, intensity and length.

Too much of these sounds may disrupt your ability to concentrate and focus on your tasks.

Tinnitus is categorized into 2. Subjective tinnitus is ringing that only you can hear. It is the most common type of tinnitus suffered by clients.

It may indicate problems in the areas of the ear or during nerve conduction. Objective tinnitus, on the other hand, is the ringing which your doctor can hear upon examination.

This may be secondary to inner bone dysfunction, vessel problems or alteration in muscle contractions.

The Causes

Ringing of the ears or buzzing of bees near the ears may be cause by any of the following conditions.

  • Aging. Tinnitus is presented in majority of aging individuals. Presbycusis or hearing loss due to aging can cause tinnitus.
  • Earwax Obstruction. Impacted earwax causes imbalance in the air pressure inside the ears (air conduction is impaired). This, in turn, creates phantom noises such as hissing and swishing.
  • loud noiseLoud Noises. If you have been partying all night, notice that your ears seem to be filled with impacted air. Exposure to loud noises can cause both temporary and permanent ear damage.
  • Stress. Apparently, according to some experts, tinnitus is worsened by stress and depression.
  • Underlying Condition. Ear bone damages and Meniere’s disease are but 2 of the common disorders directly affecting the ears which can cause tinnitus. Changes in ear bone structures contribute to improper sound wave conduction while Meniere’s disease is characterized by inner fluid imbalance. TMJ or Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorders (a condition affecting the joint in between the ear and the jawbone) can cause tinnitus as well.
  • Medications. Some pharmaceuticals such as antibiotics, diuretics, aspirin (taken for long periods) and cancer medications can cause tinnitus.

The Consult

Medical consultations need to be sought when your tinnitus doesn’t seem to improve in a few days’ time. If the ringing of your ears appeared suddenly without apparent cause, seek help as soon as possible.

However, you might need immediate attention if tinnitus appeared after ear trauma or accompanied by dizziness and hearing loss.

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