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How do you know if you have tinnitus?

how do you know if you have tinnitus, other than the ringing in the ears.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If you have tinnitus, you will be hearing an internal noise all the time. If it has gone on for several months, you can be pretty sure it's tinnitus.

    You might hear a whistling, a ringing, a hissing, a thumping, or other kind of sound, but the thing that distinguishes it is that it is completely inside your head, and so has nothing to do with external noise. In other words, only you can hear it.

    Strangely, in a study which entailed putting people into a sound-proof box where they couldn't hear any external noises, it was discovered that they all could hear some form of internal noise.

    The thing with tinnitus is that the normal filtering that goes on to stop you from hearing the internal noises has been damaged in some way, so that now you do hear it, and this can be very distressing.

    Damage can occur in several ways. For example, I hit my head during a faint and gave myself tinnitus. Certain medicines can also cause it. But by far the most common cause is exposure to loud noise. Sadly, many young people are unaware of this, and end up with tinnitus from visiting a nightclub where the music was very high, or even from playing their ipods too loudly. Sometimes, depending on the amount and level of exposure, the internal noises will disappear after a few days or weeks, but for some the damage will be permanent.

    Rarely, tinnitus can be one of the symptoms of certain other condtions, which is why it is a good idea to see a doctor, just to rule out anything else which may be causing it.

    While there is no cure at the moment, tinnitus can sometimes be alleviated by things like drug treatment, maskers (which produce white noise), ginko biloba (a herb found in the health food stores), or by concentrating very hard on other things so that you train the brain not to listen as much to the noise. But what works for one person may not work for another, and it's trial and error as to which method will help an individual.

    Working with an ENT specialist should produce the best result.

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  • 4 years ago


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    4 years ago


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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Hi Ruby,

    General symptoms of tinnitus include the following

    -- Intermittent or continuous thudding, felt in the arteries of the neck, the temples and in the rear part of the head

    -- Buzzing, hissing, whistling and ringing sound inside the ear

    -- Reduced ability to hear the external sounds (e.g. tinnitus due to Ménière’s disease accompanies hearing loss as well as dizziness)

    -- Reduced ability to hear specific sounds like low or high pitched sounds

    If you have any of these, it has to be tinnitus, and you have some problem at hand.

    tinnitus, a nerve problem, does not have a cure in the conventional line of medicine.

    Wax buildup in the outer ear, ruptured eardrum, congested Eustachian tubes, some infection, Ménière’s disease, Side effects of certain drugs like sedatives, antidepressants, pain killers etc., Damage caused due to overexposure to loud noise, Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides level, diabetes, head or neck injury etc. are some reasons why humans have tinnitus.

    Xanax is very popular and is prescribed often for tinnitus. However, the ATA report on medications that cause tinnitus lists Xanax as causing it in 6.6% of cases.

    Natural and holistic tinnitus remedies can be effective in assisting with the relief of symptoms, as well as addressing the individual’s overall health and well-being.

    Tinnitus herbal remedies can be used to support all body systems involved in helping the ear to perform its tasks of clear hearing and balance, as well as the circulatory, cardiovascular, and nervous systems.

    Some of the most common herbs used are

    • Ginkgo Biloba

    • Rosemary

    • Avena Sativa

    • Wild Hyssop

    • Salicylic Ac.

    Hope all this helps

    Good Luck!

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The answer is yes. It is possible to have tinnitus in one ear. It is the same case with eye problems. Most people have

    vision impairment in one eye rather than both. The same applies to ear problems. At times, the ringing may be experienced

    in one ear alone. Even so, depending on how loud the noise is, the noises can be disturbing. One way of easing the symptoms

    of tinnitus is by educating yourself extensively about the problem.

    The noise may be perceived as:








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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Tinnitus affects over 36 million Americans. A medical condition arising from dysfunction in the auditory system, tinnitus

    is characterized by persistent ringing, roaring, and/or clicking noises that rarely subside. If you have tinnitus, it can

    make you feel like you're going crazy. But you don't have to suffer - tinnitus is treatable.

    Before you can treat tinnitus, it's important to know what causes it. The short answer: a variety of things. Tinnitus can

    be caused by something as simple as wax buildup on the eardrum, or something more serious like a tumor on the hearing

    nerve. Various ear diseases are associated with tinnitus, as are effects from drug or alcohol abuse.

    But most often it's repeated exposure to loud noises like gunfire, rock concerts, and chain saws that cause tinnitus. So it

    makes sense that one of the best ways to prevent tinnitus is to protect and preserve your hearing, whose complex mechanism

    turns sound waves into meaningful information your brain can process and identify.

    Sound waves enter the ear canal and vibrate the ear drum. This causes the middle ear mechanism (ossicles) to vibrate,

    sending the sound waves on to the inner ear and brain. Here they are turned into data your brain recognizes as sounds. Soft

    sounds like whispers don't cause any harm, but loud sounds like airplane jets cause discomfort and, after repeated

    exposure, hearing damage such a tinnitus.

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  • 4 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    The noise may seem to come from inside your head or from a distance. It may also be steady, pulsating or intermittent. At

    times, especially for patients who have had tinnitus in one ear for a long period of time, the noise may be perceived as a

    song or music. This is known as musical hallucination. The tune is often known to the patient because it is a mind trick

    where the mind processes the noises as a tune.

    What causes the ringing in one ear?

    Just like with the ringing in both ears, the problem can be caused by a range of things including exposure to loud music.

    One ear may be more vulnerable. Additionally, in the case of bacterial infection in one ear, you will experience the

    ringing solely in the affected ear and not in both. Other possible causes include:

    High blood pressure

    Increased ear sensitivity to blood flow in the inner ear

    Reaction to medication such as antibiotics, aspirin and quinine medications

    Head and neck injuries

    Acoustic neuroma

    Minere's disease

    TMJ disorders

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    I heard ringing in my ears too, like louder hearing test. It could be tinnitus. Gets louder over time. Use this to reduce the ringing.

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  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    I first started experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus in spring 2013. I had trouble sleeping. I feared quiet rooms, I could hear it over the television, I could hear it in social situations. I could hear it all the time. I was a wreck for several months, depressed and anxious. I tried completely ridding myself of caffeine and alcohol. I tried exercising, and then, not exercising. I tried meditation. I used maskers and white noise generators. I used a pitch generator for residual inhibition. None of these worked. But thanks to this I got better in less than two weeks.

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