Common Symptoms of Tinnitus
Tinnitus is typically described by patients as a “ringing in the ears”, though it can be perceived as many other sounds as well. Sometimes the sound perceived from tinnitus is described as “whooshing” or “pulsating”. Other common descriptions include hissing, static-like noise, clicking, or even buzzing. Any of these sounds could be caused by subjective tinnitus, meaning others cannot perceive the sound.
Tinnitus may be intermittent or continuous. It may also be perceived as a light background noise or loud to the degree it prevents you from hearing other real sounds. Typically tinnitus is described as “tonal” meaning it is a continuous sound with definable frequencies. In rare cases tinnitus is considered “pulsative” rather than tonal, meaning it is caused by the sound of one’s own pulse or muscles.
The American Tinnitus Association provides a fantastic resource of pre-recorded common tinnitus sounds. On their website you can listen to the sounds to get a better idea of what tinnitus typically sounds like. https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts/symptoms
If you are suffering from either subjective or objective tinnitus, you need to have an audiologist evaluate your symptoms and test your hearing. This will help determine what is the best therapy for you.
If you are suffering from either subjective or objective tinnitus, you need to have an audiologist evaluate your symptoms and test your hearing. This will help determine your hearing health and an appropriate treatment plan if needed.
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