Having tinnitus can seem like a nightmare. However, some people do not know that the random ringing in their ear can be treated. Orlando ENT Hearing Center can diagnose and treat your tinnitus.

What is this sound in my ear?:

You may have turned your head quickly or took a big bite of food and heard an odd sound before in one or both ears. But some sounds are very different than others heard before. Some sounds come and will not go away.

Clicking or ringing are the most common annoying and frustrating experiences. This sound can interrupt a big moment in life or a soft, intimate moment. It can also affect your highly appreciated sleep.

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus is a common problem as it affects one in five people. It is a symptom of an underlying condition. Do not be mistaken. Tinnitus is not a condition in itself.

It is a symptom of an underlying condition, so this makes it an important symptom to get checked out by experiences physicians such as those at Orlando ENT Hearing Center. It is absolutely necessary to get down to the root of the underlying issue causing the unexplained noises.

Although tinnitus usually is not a sign of something serious, it is recommended to get examined immediately as there is always a possibility for something serious causing the noises. Sometimes, our bodies have a tricky way of telling us something is not right. So just to be safe, get examined and follow up with your ENT health routine.

Treating tinnitus:

Although tinnitus can get worse with age, symptoms can be managed and treated carefully by our physicians. It is especially important to get examined for tinnitus because treating the underlying conditions can often reduce the tinnitus. Remember, tinnitus involves the sensation of hearing a sound when no external sound is present. Currently, there is no scientific proven cure for most cases of chronic tinnitus.

Unfortunately, to make things even more complicated, there are multiple sounds people think they hear. Phantom noises may be of a ringing, buzzing, whistling, roaring, clicking, humming, or hissing nature. Tinnitus does not have to be 24/7 to be a symptom.

The phantom noises may come and go. This makes it increasingly hard to concentrate or hear external sound. A phantom noise may vary in pitch as well. It make sound like a low roar or high squeal.

These phantom noises may also be in both ears or just one. Symptoms vary greatly. There are two types of tinnitus.

Subjective tinnitus is the type which only you can hear, and this is the most common type of tinnitus. This type of tinnitus can be caused by auditory nerves or auditory pathways, the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sounds. This can be caused by your inner, middle, or outer parts of your ears.

Alternately, objective tinnitus can be heard by your doctor during an examination. This is the rare form of tinnitus. It can be caused by a blood vessel problem, middle ear bone condition, or muscle contractions. The only way to know which you have is to visit our office.

The causes of tinnitus:

Earwax blockage is one cause of tinnitus. As mentioned in previous blogs, using foreign objects can cause a backup limiting the amount of sound entering your ear. Earwax protects the ear canal.

It traps dirt and slows the growth of bacteria. It can become hard to wash away naturally. The buildup of earwax can cause hearing loss and irritation to the eardrum thus causing tinnitus.

Exposure to loud noises cause hearing loss. Chain saws, firearms, or blasting music can cause hearing loss. Over time, this can negatively affect your hearing alongside the natural aging process.

Like many other health issues, age can be the cause of your tinnitus. Hearing usually worsens around age sixty. Also, hearing loss can cause tinnitus.

A hereditary trait may be the culprit. An abnormal bone growth in the middle ear can stiffen the bones. This is called otosclerosis.

Make an appointment to reduce or eliminate the irritating noises today. Why suffer when one visit may solve your issue? We hope to see you and help soon.

Have a great week, and come back next time for more helpful news!

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