The most common type of tinnitus is the sensation of hearingsound while there is no external sound present (this is calledsubjective tinnitus). The sounds associated with subjectivetinnitus are often referred to as “phantom noises” as the soundcomes from the inside and no one except for the sufferer can hearit. In rarer cases, one might have objective tinnitus, wheresomeone else may be able to hear the same sound you are hearing –this is referred to as objective tinnitus and may be caused by ablood vessel problem, muscle contractions or a middle ear bonecondition.
Some tinnitus symptoms can change and intertwine as well. Noisesheard can often sound like air escaping, crickets, the inside of aseashell, running water, or musical notes.
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Below is a list of tinnitus symptoms for the most common type oftinnitus (subjective tinnitus).
Subjective Tinnitus Symptoms
Buzzing - A sound that fades in and out quickly.
- Whistling - A continuous high-pitch sound or a sound as ifwind is passing through.
- Roaring - Deeper sound that can sometimes sound a bit likean animal.
- Hissing - Can sometimes come off as sounding a little“fuzzy”, also sound as if air is escaping.
- Heartbeat - If you hear an amplified sound of yourheartbeat in your ears, this is referred to as pulsatile tinnitus.This occurs when there is a blood vessel problem, such as havinghigh blood pressure, blockage in the ear canal or the eustachiantube, and an aneurysm or a tumor.
- Humming or Rushing (Whoosh) - Mostly noticeable whileexercising or changing position; for instance, when you go fromlying down to standing up.
- High-Pitched Ringing - Often sounding like a teapot,experiencing a high-pitched ringing phantom noise as a tinnitussymptom is most commonly from a loud noise or blow to the ear.High-pitched ringing, or a high-pitched buzzing, can disappearwithin a few hours; however, if hearing loss occurs at the sametime it could become permanent tinnitus. There are also a few othercauses of tinnitus that are associated with high-pitched ringing asa tinnitus symptom.
- Low-Pitched Ringing - Conditions like Meniere’s diseasecan cause you to experience a low-pitched ringing noise in one ear.Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disease that usually affects oneear and can cause extreme cases of dizziness or vertigo. Tinnitusmay become louder before you experience a vertigo attack where yoursurroundings feel as if they are spinning or moving. Stiff innerear bones, known as otosclerosis, may also cause low-pitchedtinnitus symptoms (these tinnitus symptoms triggered byotosclerosis can be either ongoing or every now and then).
These phantom noises may come and go or be consistent. Thesephantom noises can range in pitch from being very low to becoming ahigh squeal. There are times where these tinnitus symptoms canbecome so loud to the person with tinnitus that it can interferewith their daily lives, including their ability to concentrate andhear other external sounds. Tinnitus symptoms may also occur ineither one or both ears.
Objective Tinnitus Symptoms
Objective tinnitus symptoms are from a physical occurrence andmay be audible to others. Below are a few objective tinnitussymptoms:
- Clicking - Hearing a clicking sound as a tinnitus symptomis usually from muscle contractions in and around your ear. Themuscle contractions create these sharp clicking noises you ear andappear in bursts, lasting between a few seconds up to a fewminutes.
- Cervical Venous Hum - A murmur heard in the anterior neckand sometimes in the upper chest. This cervical venous hum appearslouder as you sit with your head extended and becomes softer, orsometimes absent, with a rotation or bending of the head or whileapplying light pressure over the person’s jugular vein as they aresitting or lying flat.
- Nasal Breathing - If your objective tinnitus occurs with adifference in nasal breathing at the same time then it could beassociated with the eustachian tube (a canal connecting the middleear to the nasopharynx, consisting of the upper throat and back ofyour nasal cavity). The eustachian tube controls the pressure inthe middle ear and makes it equal to the pressure outside of yourbody. This nasal breathing alongside your tinnitus can graduallydisappear as you lie down and transition to sniffling, snorting ora Valsalva maneuver (a specific way of breathing that increasespressure on the chest and causes different effects within the bodysuch as blood pressure and heart rate).
If any of these symptoms occur, it is highly recommended thatyou seek out a professional as soon as possible:
- Sudden tinnitus without an apparent cause
- Hearing loss that occurs with the tinnitus
- Dizziness accompanied with the tinnitus
The most common tinnitus symptoms are temporary (typically 48hours), but if you experience any of the above tinnitus symptomscontinuously looking into an all-natural tinnitus treatment willhelp improve your symptoms and even eradicate them.
For those who may have felt sudden tinnitus symptoms to occurwithout a known cause of tinnitus, develop hearing loss alongsidetheir tinnitus, or experience dizziness during any of the tinnitussymptoms then there could be a serious cause of the tinnitussymptoms they are having.
Tinnitus symptoms occur for a reason and the reason could beeither mild or severe. Whether your tinnitus symptoms came from asmall event or a more serious experience, tinnitus symptoms can beimproved without the use of medication and surgery.
It is also highly recommended that an all-natural tinnitustreatment is considered before trying medication, as medications donot only cause various side effects, but can contribute toworsening the tinnitus symptoms as well and they do not target theunderlying cause of tinnitus.