Tinnitus is a term that describes hearing sounds that come from within your body rather than from outside sources. Some people hear music or singing sounds, while others hear noises that beat in sync with their heartbeat. You might also notice that your hearing isn't as good as before or that you're more sensitive to everyday sounds.
Tinnitus is a symptom of a significant underlying illness only in a small percentage of cases. For some people, it may merely be a mild annoyance that comes and goes. However, for some people, it can significantly influence daily life and be quite stressful, affecting attention and causing issues such as insomnia and depression.
Tinnitus is most often characterized by ringing in the ears, even though no external sound is present. However, tinnitus can also cause other types of noises in your ears, including:
Tinnitus can develop over time or appear out of nowhere. It's unclear why this happens, although it commonly occurs in conjunction with some degree of hearing loss. However, one out of every three people who suffer from tinnitus has no visible problems with their ears or hearing. Tinnitus is usually linked to:
Avoiding tinnitus triggers can delay or prevent the onset of this disease. The following measures can help prevent tinnitus:
Chronic tinnitus can not be cured, but it is quite rare. Some treatment options for tinnitus include: