Most patients suffering from tinnitus share one common symptom: a persistent noise in their ears that they cannot control. Although it is often considered a condition, the truth is that tinnitus itself is actually a symptom of a larger cause. In most cases, head noise is caused by hearing loss, which in turn is a result of degeneration of the structures in the inner ear. As a result, people are most likely to suffer from tinnitus and hearing loss later in life.
What Is Causing My Tinnitus Symptoms?
The common term for tinnitus is “ringing in the ears,” but the noises experienced by patients can sound like buzzing, whistling, or a high-pitched tone similar to feedback. Tinnitus can be temporary or permanent, and can be intermittent or constant. The degree and regularity of tinnitus will often depend on what is causing the condition, such as:
- Head injury. Patients may suffer from temporary tinnitus after a brain injury or trauma to the inner ear. This type of tinnitus will often come on suddenly, and last until the injury has healed.
- Blockages. Earwax, swelling, fluid buildup, and other obstructions in the ear canal will often result in tinnitus, most commonly affecting one ear. Tinnitus that is caused by an obstruction will likely continue until the obstruction is removed.
- Circulatory problems. Pulsatile tinnitus occurs when the ringing in the patient’s ears is actually the sound of his or her heartbeat. High blood pressure, neuropathy, anemia, and other problems that cut off or otherwise affect blood flow can cause this kind of tinnitus.
- Blood clots. Tinnitus can result if the blood flow to a patient’s ears is restricted or interrupted. A blood clot can not only cause ringing in the ears, but also heart attacks and strokes—so it is vital that patients with tinnitus undergo testing as soon as possible.
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