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3 Common Symptoms of Tinnitus and What to Do About It

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Tinnitus is a hearing loss condition that will impact around 15-20% of people. Tinnitus is not something that can be treated, but there are some ways to manage the symptoms. However, to manage them, you need to know what they are and that’s what we are going to be looking at in this article. Keep reading if you would like to find out more about the common symptoms of tinnitus and what to do about them.

Ringing

The first common sign of tinnitus is a constant ringing in your ears that has not been caused by an outside source. If the ringing is coming and going, this is not going to be characterized as tinnitus and instead is just a mild ringing. If your ringing is constant, then you should speak to your hearing care provider and ask them what your options are. There are some treatments for tinnitus that you might be interested in trying, so it’s worth getting the information at the very least. 

Buzzing

For some people, tinnitus doesn’t come in the form of ringing but comes in the form of buzzing. If you notice a buzzing in your ears, you might want to speak to a hearing specialist about getting an earwax removal. Sometimes, a buildup of earwax can exasperate a condition that is already there, making it worse than it would normally be. We’re not saying that this will fix the problem because it won’t entirely, but it can still help make the buzzing a little better for you. The easier a condition is to manage, the easier it is to get on with your daily life, and we’re sure that this is what you want. 

Whooshing

The final symptom that we are going to look at is a whooshing sound. If you are constantly experiencing a whooshing in your ears, and you cannot find any other reason for it, this is a sign of tinnitus. Really, any kind of sound like this that isn’t caused by an outside source but is loud and constant can be counted as tinnitus. Have you thought about making some changes to your lifestyle? For example, quitting smoke and heavy drinking has been known to improve some of the symptoms of hearing loss. 

Or, you could talk to your family doctor about adjusting any medication that you are on, as this could have an impact on your hearing. If you change up your medication, you will work out if this has been exasperating the condition.

We hope that you have found this article helpful and now see three of the common symptoms of tinnitus and what you should do about it. We highly recommend that you get help for tinnitus as soon as you know that you are experiencing this to avoid it worsening. If you would like to speak to someone, get in touch with your hearing care provider and book an appointment as soon as you can.