Do You Have Ringing In Your Ears?
If you think that a ringing of your ears may be a serious condition, it may well be. That ringing is called tinnitus. The sound that a tinnitus sufferer hears can be more than just a ringing; it can also sound like a buzzing, hissing, humming, roaring or a whistling sound. Depending on the individual, it can also affect the sufferer as a chirping, beating, whooshing or clanging noise.
The sound each tinnitus sufferer hears is different, the severity is different, and the pitch can be different as well. You might hear sounds that range from a dull roar to a very high pitched squeal, and in one or both ears, or it might alternate from ear to ear. Still other patients hear sounds so loud they can’t concentrate or get a good night’s sleep. Even patients with great concentration skills can have their work or school disrupted. It can also manifest as a hearing loss.
The most common type of tinnitus, or the ringing of your ears, comes from damage done to the inner ear canel and is caused most often by loud noises. The inner ear contains these tiny hair cells located on the cochlea and when damaged from loud noises the hairs can bend or even break off. When the hair cells are normal they send signals to the brain which interprets the movement as sound. If breakage occurs the damage can be permanent, and last a lifetime, but as long as you limit your exposure to loud noises the damage usually disappears within a day or two. Tinnitus can also occur from other inner ear problems anywhere within the auditory system, anywhere from the outer ear to the brain.
The second type of tinnitus is called objective tinnitus, or pulsatile tinnitus, and is not as common. . Patients report it as a pulsing or rhythmic sound that occurs when the heart beats and that is a good description to what it sounds like. Pulsatile tinnitus is most likely to appear in patients who have a heart murmur, abnormal veins or arteries, a glomus tumor, Eustachian Tube Disorder and other cardiovascular conditions, as well as hypertension and is unique because, with a stethoscope placed near the ear or neck of the patient, your doctor can actually hear your tinnitus. To the sufferer, it sounds just like its name, a pulsing sound or rhythmic beat. Pulsatile tinnitus is also known as atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is caused by a structural problem within the veins and arteries and the individual ear as well and is aggravated by stress, caffeine or alcohol.
It is not uncommon today, to find tinnitus everywhere. Statics show of every five people, one will suffer from some degree of tinnitus. And since there is no real cure for tinnitus, most just learn to deal with it. There are some homeopathic approaches though, that are getting great results.