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What Are the Common Signs of Tinnitus

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Tinnitus is a condition that causes the sufferer to hear noises, such as ringing or buzzing. There are many different possible causes for this condition. It can be challenging to diagnose and understand. This article will explore some of the common signs of tinnitus so that you may get an idea of its symptoms.

Ringing in the Ears

Tinnitus is a symptom of many different illnesses and conditions. For example, if you have ringing in the ears, your tinnitus may result from an ear infection or injury to your acoustic nerve. Additionally, if there are any changes in hearing due to loud noises, these could also cause this condition. Other causes include high blood pressure and anxiety.

If you hear a buzzing or humming sound, this could be due to fluid in the middle ear. This condition can be due to an allergic reaction and can also occur because of changes in air pressure, like when you are flying. It's important to note that these sounds don't need to have been present before hearing them for the first time.

Hearing Loss

If you are experiencing hearing loss for more than six months, it could be a sign of hearing loss. There are three common types: conductive, sensorineural and mixed. Conductive losses happen when sound waves cannot get through the outer ear canal or middle ear. Sensorineural losses happen when hair cells in the inner ear are damaged and mixed is a combination of both sensorineural and conductive hearing loss.

Changes in Sound Perception

If you can't hear high frequency sounds like a dog whistle, for instance, this could be a symptom of tinnitus. This condition can also cause you to hear muffled sounds, such as talking on the phone.

Changes in Hearing Sensitivity

If you find that your ears are more sensitive than usual and complex for you to handle loud noises, this could be another sign of tinnitus. This condition usually has ringing in the ear and sensitivity to sound.

Feeling Like You Are Underwater

If you feel like there is a ringing in your ears, it sounds as though the sound is coming from underwater or far away; this could be another symptom of tinnitus. This condition can make it difficult to hear what people are saying and may result in dizziness.

A Feeling of Constant Pressure in the Ear or Head

Pressure or pain in the ears can happen when there's an infection inside the middle ear. It's also possible that this is due to an injury to the eardrum. Tinnitus can cause a variety of symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms, you need to book an appointment with a hearing healthcare professional to examine you.