What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception or hearing of a sound that isn’t really present, meaning you still hear it even in the absence of measurable sound. Although many people associate the word tinnitus as having “ringing” in the ears, is really the “umbrella term” for any kind of sound, whether it’s ringing, buzzing, chirping, pulsing, sizzling, high pitch, low pitch, etc. It can occur in one ear or be in both, although sometimes it just sounds like it’s in the middle of the head as well.
Though tinnitus is usually not physically harmful, it can be disturbing, especially if it leads to anxiety, stress, difficulty sleeping, and fatigue. Ironically, these are the same things that can exacerbate tinnitus, so it’s best to avoid stress, fatigue, too much caffeine, and such if suffering from tinnitus. It can also greatly interfere with your powers of concentration, so it’s important to look into options if you suffer from tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus refers to the condition of hearing sounds that aren’t there as opposed to the underlying cause, which can be due to a wide range of factors. Age plays a role, as can permanently damage caused to sensitive cells in the ear due to exposure to loud noises over an extended period. Acute exposure to loud noise can lead to temporary tinnitus that resolves itself over time. Tinnitus usually goes hand-in-hand with hearing loss, although there are many people who have tinnitus that have a normal hearing as well.