What is Tinnitus?


What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a natural part of aging, but it can also occur in a number of other ways. It is a ringing or buzzing heard with no external source, can occur as a natural result of the growth of the bones within the ear. Most commonly though, decreases in hearing and occurrences of tinnitus are products of regular exposure to damaging sounds, noises, and frequencies without the use of hearing protection. It is a symptom, not a disease, and is not by itself threatening to one’s health. When one suffers from Tinnitus, the sounds they hear may be intermittent, continuous, or pulsating in time with the heartbeat. Commonly found in adults between ages 20 to 40, only the person experiencing it can hear the noise.

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Causes of Tinnitus

Causes include:

  • High blood pressure or other cardiovascular disorders.
  • Low thyroid levels.
  • Blockages in the ear.
  • Head trauma.
  • Side effects caused by prescription and non-prescription drugs.
  • Psychological factors, such as depression or stress.
  • Tumors in the brain or in the ear.

Is it Normal?

At some point, almost everyone experiences the feeling of ringing ears. To some degree, it is actually normal. Think back to when you were at a concert, with music blaring, and the ringing sensation that continued inside of your ears for a period of time after. Unfortunately though, if you experience frequent or constant ringing in the ears, you could be experiencing something more than what’s considered normal.

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Treatment for Tinnitus

Many types of treatments such as alternative medicines, hearing aids, drug therapy, and sound therapy have been suggested for the relief of tinnitus — but it is not always treatable.

Usually, ringing of the ear will decrease or go away with time. If it is persistent, consult with a doctor to determine what is causing long-term Tinnitus and if it can be treated.

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