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Tinnitus - Symptoms, Causes and Prevention

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Summary about Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a condition characterized by the perception of sound without any form of external sound supply. It is often defined as a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or whistling sound within the ears or head. Tinnitus can be subjective to the patient but the sound can also be heard by a healthcare professional throughout an exam. Tinnitus may be temporary or persistent and can result from different factors and underlying medical conditions.

Symptoms of Tinnitus

The sound associated with tinnitus can range in character, depth and can be non-stop or intermittent. Some common signs and symptoms of tinnitus encompass:

  1. Ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, or roaring sounds within the ears or head.

  2. Perception of sound that is not present in the surrounding environment.

  3. Difficulty concentrating or focusing due to the presence of the sound.

  4. Sleep disturbances or insomnia caused by persistent sound.

  5. Emotional distress, anxiety, or depression related to the impact of tinnitus on daily life.

  6. Sensitivity to certain sounds (hyperacusis) or hearing loss in some cases.

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can have diverse underlying causes, and in some cases, the exact reason won't be identifiable. Some unusual factors that may make a contribution to the development of tinnitus include:

  • Exposure to loud noise

  • Age-related hearing loss

  • Earwax blockage

  • Medications

  • Ear and sinus infections

  • Medical conditions

  • Head and neck injuries

  • Stress and anxiety

How to Diagnose Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is normally recognized through a mixture of medical history, physical exams, and specialized assessments. These exams may also consist of audiometric tests to evaluate listening, imaging scans to assess the auditory system and rule out underlying conditions, and on occasion blood tests to check for particular causes. A doctor with knowledge in audiology or otolaryngology (ear, nostril, and throat expert) can provide a complete assessment and accurate diagnosis of tinnitus.

How to Treat Tinnitus?

The treatment of tinnitus pursues to control the signs and symptoms and enhance the quality of life. While there's no known treatment for tinnitus, various techniques may be hired which are:

  • Sound therapy

  • Counseling

  • Medications

  • Lifestyle changes

Preventive Measures of Tinnitus

Avoiding tinnitus triggers can delay or prevent the onset of this disease. The following measures can help prevent tinnitus:

  • Avoid being exposed to loud noises and sounds
  • Keep your blood pressure in check
  • Reduce your salt consumption and stay away from nerve stimulants like caffeine and nicotine
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Get proper rest and sleep