What Are The Symptoms Of Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a phenomenon that has not clear explanations about the causes of it. While most of us experience tinnitus during some part of our lives, it is the most common among elderly population, especially in men. Even though tinnitus symptoms do not cause major problems for most of the people who experience it, at its worst it can dramatically affect for the quality of life.

There are a lot of tinnitus symptoms to watch for. The most obvious tinnitus symptom is going to be hearing ringing in the ears. If you start hearing sounds when no external sounds are present, including things like ringing, roaring, buzzing, clicking, whistling, and sounds of that nature, there is a good chance you are suffering from tinnitus.

You may not hear these phantom noises in both of your ears. Ringing in the ears can be present in just one, or both of the ears. The sounds can vary in volume and pitch, and can become so loud that they interrupt a person's ability to listen to and hear others. The strange noises that a person is hearing can be present all of the time or just come and go at different times.

Usually the patient is the only one who hears these noises. That is why tinnitus symptoms are rather difficult to diagnose. The fact that two individuals with the same symptoms can describe and feel the noises in two different ways makes it even harder. However, because tinnitus can also be caused by some latent problem, it is very important to diagnose tinnitus if the patient is suspected to suffer from it.

If you have a serious case of tinnitus, you can suffer from all kind off side effects it causes. You may have difficulties to sleep which can lead to the inability to concentrate. Furthermore, tinnitus can increase your stress levels and the risk of depression. These all together can be the causes of many problems at work and at home.

One uncommon type of tinnitus is the one that other people can actually hear the sound. A doctor can hear it using a stethoscope, or even without it by putting his/her ear close to your ear.

Only a couple of percents of all tinnitus cases can be verified by the doctor. Objective tinnitus, where a doctor can hear the sound, making a diagnose is easy because the patient is not the only one who hears the noise. This type of cases are also easier to treat and plan the procedures that relief the patient's tinnitus symptoms. If a doctor cannot hear the sound it is not only hard to diagnose but also hard to plan the right treatments.

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