Tinnitus can be frustrating, annoying, or downright aggravating.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a phantom noise that can be heard only by the person experiencing it. It can sound like a ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, or roaring in one or both of the ears. Tinnitus can be high pitched or low pitched, can be constant or intermittent, loud or quiet. Tinnitus can range in severity from slightly annoying to debilitating enough to interfere with one’s activities of daily living.
Tinnitus in and of itself is not actually a condition or an illness. Instead, it is a symptom of another underlying health issue. Researchers and medical professionals are still relatively unsure what actually causes tinnitus and why some people experience it while others don’t, however, we do know that tinnitus can occur when there is an issue anywhere along the auditory system and can be caused by many different factors.
Tinnitus Caused by Hearing Loss
Tinnitus Caused by Other Issues
Types of Tinnitus
Causes of Tinnitus
As mentioned earlier, tinnitus is actually just a symptom of another underlying cause. Some of the most common causes of tinnitus are:
- Noise induced hearing loss
- Presbycusis (age-related hearing loss)
- Ototoxic medications
- Diseases such as Ménière’s disease
- Ear and sinus infections
- Thyroid abnormalities
As of today, there is no “cure”, however, there are many tinnitus treatment options that have shown great success for many people.