A Guide to Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a condition that is typically caused by an issue with the inner ear. Usually, this will be due to damage when your ears have been exposed to loud noises repeatedly or indeed constantly. It causes you to hear noises that are not actually there. The noises you hear can be anything from the whistling or buzzing of an engine to a small piece of music that plays on repeat. It can be annoying and ultimately start to have an impact on your life. Tinnitus can cause people to have trouble sleeping, keeping them awake through the night, ensuring that they have less energy to perform basic tasks throughout the day. As such, you may require treatment if you suffer from this issue.
Types of tinnitus
There are actually three different types of tinnitus. These are objective, subjective and neurological. As you might have guessed, neurological refers to tinnitus that is actually caused by an issue in the brain. This could be anything from a tumor to a hemorrhage.
The other types typically refer to how the tinnitus is presented. For instance, it’s possible that you are the only person that can hear the tinnitus. If that’s the case, then it’s referred to as subjective. This covers most of the cases of tinnitus. In rare cases, though tinnitus can be objective. This is typically caused by a structure near or inside the ear. It can usually be heard by an audiologist using a special listening device or someone who is very close to your ear. Objective tinnitus is more likely to be curable.
For instance, it could be due to a buildup of wax inside the ear. If that’s the case, then it can usually be treated with a quick cleanout and in minutes, you’ll find that the tinnitus disappears.
Can tinnitus be reversed?
Since tinnitus typically presents gradually and slowly worsens over time, many patients wonder whether the symptoms can actually be reversed. Unfortunately, as of right now, it is not possible to cure subjective hearing loss. It can only be managed; however, science is constantly evolving and experts are hopeful that one day it will be reversible.
Furthermore, it’s possible that your tinnitus has only started to develop recently. If that’s the case, then you should be able to get the relief you need simply by avoiding loud noises in the future. Or, using ear protection. There are various different types of ear protection available on the market that you can and perhaps should consider using. These are suitable for business and personal environments and usage.
Does tinnitus always mean hearing loss?
Finally, you might have heard that tinnitus does always mean hearing loss. However, this is not the case. While hearing loss can develop at the same time as tinnitus, they can also present without one another. This means that you may be suffering from tinnitus and your actual hearing could be fine. That’s why it’s best to go see an audiologist if you notice any sign of tinnitus. It’s quite possible that you may need hearing aids.