- by Ted Roberts
If you are hearing noises in your head like ringing, clicking or swishing sounds, you are probably suffering from tinnitus. Before we try to determine what might be causing your Tinnitus, we need to look at the symptoms associated with this frustrating condition.
Symptoms of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, hissing, clicking, or roaring sound inside your ears and is very common, affecting an estimated 50 million adults in the U.S. according to WebMD.
The phantom noise may be present in one or both ears. Some patients report that the sounds come and go, while in others they are present all the time. Sufferers of tinnitus usually report the noise as being annoying, and distracting and in cases where the noise is constant, very debilitating. The ringing can interfere with your ability to concentrate, sleep and in many ways, enjoy life.
Tinnitus occurs when damage is sustained to the spiral shaped organ called the cochlea in the inner ear. There are very delicate, tiny hairs inside the ear that move in response to pressure from sound waves. They produce a chemical signal through the auditory nerve and send it to the brain. In the case of tinnitus, these tiny hairs are bent or damaged in some way and send random electrical impulses to your brain. These cause the ringing, hissing or swishing sounds you hear.
What Causes Tinnitus?
There are seven main causes of tinnitus. Some of them may seem obvious, but other things that can cause this disturbing condition may surprise you. It is important to understand the tinnitus does not cause hearing loss, but is a result of it.
- Hearing loss due to exposure to long noises
- Aging and age-related hearing loss
- Earwax blockage – when too much of this accumulates in the ear trapping dirt and bacteria it can irritate the ear drum, leading to an ear infections and cause hearing loss
- Ear bone changes – osteosclerosis is the stiffening of the bones in the inner ear and causes abnormal bone growth.
- Head injuries – especially those that cause nerve damage and ruptured ear drums
- Drugs and Medications – there are several kinds of drugs and medications that may cause tinnitus like: antibiotics, cancer medications, water pills (diuretics), quinine medications (often used to treat malaria), aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and certain antidepressants.
- Certain health conditions – high blood pressure, migraine headaches, and Meniere’s disease (accumulation of fluid in the inner ear)
There are other less common causes of tinnitus that you may not be aware of. According to Thomas Coleman, the author of Tinnitus Miracle™, some lesser known causes of this condition are:
- sudden weight loss
- dental problems
By far, most cases of tinnitus in young people (under the age of 40) are caused by prolonged exposure to loud noises like music, heavy machinery on a construction site or a factory. The next most common cause of tinnitus is age-related hearing loss, which usually afflicts individuals over 40 and much older.
If you are experiencing occasional noises in your head, or the ringing sound has become an unbearable and unwanted constant companion, it is time to seek help. Tinnitus causes and treatment vary widely and it is crucial that you get a thorough medical exam to rule out other more serious diseases that tinnitus is a symptom of (examples include anemia or thyroid problems).
Your doctor will need to know what medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements), about any head injuries (no matter how long ago it was sustained, or how minor) and if you have other symptoms like fever, vomiting or ever feeling dizzy.
I have come to the conclusion that a natural course of treatment is the best option. For more details. make sure to read my review of Tinnitus Miracle™ by Thomas Coleman.
Once you have seen your doctor for an exam your tinnitus will be diagnosed as either pulsatile or nonpulsatile tinnitus.
- Pulsatile – Vibrations in and around the ear can cause this type. The vibrations cause muscle contractions in the inner ear, which causes vascular (blood flow) problems. Some people afflicted with this type of tinnitus report hearing their own pulse or a throbbing sensation. Most of the time the cause of pulsatile tinnitus is exposure to loud noise, usually for a prolonged period of time.
- Nonpulsatile – this type of tinnitus is caused by nerve damage and may affect one or both ears. Those who suffer this condition often describe it as noise coming from inside their own head.
Once you are aware of the seven main causes of tinnitus and have a diagnosis of what type of Tinnitus you are afflicted with, you can begin finding ways to treat the condition and prevent it in the future.
I believe that a natural method of treatment is a much better option that resorting to expensive medication. Ian McCall has published a guide called The Tinnitus Miracle™ which has helped thousands to recover from the buzzing in their ears.