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A Guide to Understanding Tinnitus

An audiologist is helping his patient to understand tinnitus.

There are many problems that can affect your hearing over time in life. It’s essential that you try to do what you can to research your hearing issues and understand them as much as possible. When it comes to improving your hearing, you should do whatever it takes to make it better again, from meeting with audiologists to reading as many studies about treatments as possible. 

One of the most significant issues that can impact your hearing is tinnitus. Not only is it something that can make you feel out of control, but it can also cause other auditory issues. It’s for this reason that you need to get a good grasp of what tinnitus means for you and how it can affect your life.

What is tinnitus?

If you have dealt with ringing in your ears, buzzing in your ears or even hissing, you have experienced tinnitus. It doesn't have to be a constant tone, as it can be intermittent, but it does vary in volume sometimes, and the symptoms can be much worse when the background noise is low.

What causes tinnitus?

While you need to understand what tinnitus is, it also helps to know what causes it in the first place. The most common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. So, whether you are working in construction or you are a lover of music and like to head to concerts, you could be putting yourself at risk of tinnitus developing. Other factors are also involved with tinnitus, too, including ear infections, aging and even certain medications have tinnitus as a side effect. 

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

An audiologist will be able to talk you through whether the symptoms you are experiencing is tinnitus or not, but the general symptoms include things like a constant buzzing, hissing, ringing, ticking and beeping in the ears. If you have other issues like high blood pressure, then you need to contact your primary care physician alongside it.

When you realize that the symptoms that you are experiencing are tinnitus, then you need to get hold of your audiologist. The right audiologist will be able to provide you with treatment options that will make sense for you and as there are a lot of factors that will impact your life, you should consider making that appointment as early as possible. Once you start moving through some of the treatment options, you’ll find the right one for you and slowly begin to alleviate the pressure of tinnitus on your life.