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Subjective vs. Objective Tinnitus

If you are suffering from tinnitus, you may have come across the terms subjective and objective in your research. Here is a quick description of the difference is between these two types of tinnitus.

Subjective Tinnitus - This is tinnitus that is only perceived by the patient. It is the most common type of tinnitus and accounts for over 99% of reported tinnitus cases. Subjective tinnitus is typically due to auditory or neurological reactions to hearing loss.

Objective Tinnitus - This is tinnitus that creates noise that is audible to others. For instance, you could press your healthy ear to the ear of a person with objective tinnitus and hear the noise yourself. These cases are very rare, but do happen. This type of tinnitus is usually caused by circulatory or even muscular-skeletal movements, for instance in the jaw or ear.

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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