Ringing in the Ears? Find Out Here About Tinnitus and What Causes Tinnitus

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So, what is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name used to describe various noises heard, usually ringing in the ears, this can be heard in one or both ears. Many people experience noises of all kinds, though it is usually described by most sufferers as a ringing in the ears or a buzzing, whistling, humming or high-pitched screaming.

Mild tinnitus has also been described as sounding like crickets, locusts, beeping, songs or like the sound of the waves. This sound can be permanent or can come and go.

Mostly, this sound is heard in a quiet environment and people often report hearing it when they are trying to sleep. In some more severe cases, people can hear the ringing in the ears above the noise of the world around them. Tinnitus is difficult to measure because it is described as subjective, meaning only the person experiencing it can hear it. There is no source for the sound.

Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness, it is a symptom of an underlying cause for tinnitus. Nevertheless, mild tinnitus is not pleasant. However, severe tinnitus can really affect a person and their quality of life. Tinnitus, in its more severe forms can be very distressing for the affected person, an inability to sleep is just one of the reasons why it is so exasperating.

What causes tinnitus?

As mentioned before, tinnitus is not an illness but a symptom of something else. There are many possible underlying causes for tinnitus. The truth is, there are far too many to list here but I will detail the most common causes. The number one cause for tinnitus is exposure to excessively loud noises. Other causes for tinnitus are ear infections, wax or foreign objects in the ear and nose allergies which can cause wax build-up.

Tinnitus is also a side effect of some medication such as aspirin, some antibiotics and other drugs. Tinnitus can come about gradually or all of a sudden and it is thought to be related to a physical or mental change that has taken effect in a person's life. This could be stress over losing a job or could come about if you are worrying about something. Relax, because tinnitus is often said to get worse if you become stressed. The good news is, tinnitus is rarely a symptom of a serious illness. If you are still concerned, go and talk to your doctor to find out the causes for your tinnitus.

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This article was published on 2010/04/02