What Is Tinnitus And What Are The Symptoms?

Tinnitus is a condition that many suffer from that can drive them absolutely crazy if left unchecked. Tinnitus is likened to the ringing in the ears you get after a very loud concert. For sufferers this is putting it mildly. Many suffer a great deal of tinnitus symptoms in the form of “junk noise” all day. It’s to the extent that it’s causing quality of life to go down substantially and even making living a normal life very difficult.

Tinnitus isn’t a one stop shop of symptoms; there are actually a range of types and degrees of symptoms. Some people are lucky to only have minor symptoms like a dull ringing in the ears, while others suffer a constant and loud ringing or other sounds that makes thinking near impossible. The question on most peoples minds at this point is does this ailment have a cure or is there a way to manage it so you can live a normal life?

Before you can answer that question you have to figure out what caused your tinnitus. Some forms of tinnitus are based on physically damaged parts of the hearing assembly, while others are temporary set backs.

Tinnitus isn’t just caused by listening to music toTinnituso loud for too long, although that is the most common cause of temporary forms. It can be caused by high blood pressure and even depression as well, causing all kinds of problems in the ears and mechanisms involved in hearing. Stress and depression also can cause tinnitus and if you already have it these can really escalate the symptoms.

Many with temporary tinnitus symptoms find that a simple wax buildup/blockage can be the problem (i.e. from listening to headphones too long). Others with the same build up find they can’t get rid of it or stop the wax from building up. This is one of the differences between temporary tinnitus and permanent tinnitus.Tinnitus

Temporary sorts tend to come from external sources like listening  sound too loud, while more permanent damage is generally a biological problem that’s difficult to treat or eradicate. For many with permanent tinnitus symptoms, the only way to get peace is to learn to manage it.

Builders who hear consistent noise from powered nail guns, drills, boards whacking into one another, and a large variety of external and consistent sounds can easily build up tinnitus symptoms. They may at first be temporary but if the loud noises persist it could lead to permanent versions. These sounds can sharply penetrate the ear causing wax buildup, the ears initial protection , but this wax can be shoved down accidentally (by a Q-tip perhaps) or harden to the point where it pierces the eardrum or adjacent parts of the ear. People who also experience stress and depression can find themselves suffering, gradually getting worse, and if not taken care of it could lead to a permanent problem.


Someone with a light case of tinnitus may not have any symptoms they can detect right away but taking certain medications can cause or exacerbate the condition. Something as simple as too much aspirin, antibiotics, or quainine/chloroquinine can agitate it and make it much worse.

Ironically people tend to take these things and in excess due to the very problem itself- ringing that causes stress and frustration, which causes headaches. They take the aspirin to alleviate the headache and it makes their tinnitus worse. Stress also pushes the symptoms into the uncomfortable range.

What are the Symptoms of Tinnitus?

The mTinnitusost common symptoms of tinnitus are hearing a noise that seems to be originating from the eardrums themselves. Sounds can be a Shhhhhh or even a whining sound that makes it difficult to process or hear the outside world clearly.

Sometimes the sounds heard by a tinnitus sufferer are not separate from other sounds, in fact the “noise” they hear can very much be a part of the ear not properly translating what it hears into coherent sounds. If the inner ear is damaged the physical properties of the ear cannot properly respond to the audible vibrations and the brain processes it as noise.

Some cannot even hold conversations because the whining or ringing is so loud, and gets louder as others talk. Many sufferers become hermits and anti-social but not because they don’t desire to be outside or with others but simply because it’s the only way to find peace from the constant noise and ringing. Some choose seclusion for their own sanity! Not being able to hear people can be embarrassing and often just mentioning the condition is hard to do.  Tinnitus at all levels can be managed and in many cases alleviated temporarily.

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