Do you hear any continuous or intermittent ringing, buzzing, hissing, or other sounds but only you can hear it and people around you don’t? If so, this can be Tinnitus.
Tinnitus is when you are experiencing a ringing, buzzing or other similar sound in either one of your ears or both. The noise doesn’t come from an outside source but inside your ear, which is why the people around you don’t hear it. Frequently, tinnitus is worse when the background sound is low or faint, so people with tinnitus are most aware of it when they are in a quiet room and at night, usually when trying to get some sleep. Tinnitus varies among those who have them. It can occur continuously or erratically, and differs in noise level.
Is Your Tinnitus Improving – Tinnitus Going Away Signs
Tinnitus is not a stand-alone condition, but a manifestation of another ailment. It is common, especially among ageing adults. While it is often linked to hearing loss associated with age, tinnitus isn’t the reason for loss of hearing, nor does loss of hearing cause tinnitus. In several cases, individuals with tinnitus don’t struggle with their hearing, whereas some even become highly sensitive to a variety of sounds (hyperacusis) that they have to do the necessary to help them mask or muffle the external sounds since they find numerous sounds intolerable and painfully loud.
Ear infections or obstructions in the ear, in some instances, causes one to have tinnitus. The sooner the underlying cause is identified, the sooner remedy is given and the sooner tinnitus goes away. However, more often than not, tinnitus lingers even after the underlying cause is treated. In cases like this, conventional and alternative therapies may result in significant relief either by reducing or suppressing the noise.
How would you know if your tinnitus is improving? There are tinnitus going away signs that you can pay attention to for you to discern whether your tinnitus is abating or not. Here are reassuring signs to keep a tab on:
- Frequency – your tinnitus manifests less often than usual
- Duration – your episodes of tinnitus have a shorter span
- Volume and Intensity – the level of sound you hear inside your ear seem more subdued or less audible
- Tolerance – you can tolerate and put up with your tinnitus that it doesn’t bother you
- Concentration – with the sound being less perceivable, you are less distracted or interrupted allowing you to concentrate and focus on your day-to-day tasks
- Sleep Quality and Quantity – You are able to relax and rest; sleep comes easier and is better since your tinnitus doesn’t interfere
- Mood – Your mood is better because you have more “good tinnitus days”
How long your tinnitus will persist is reliant on whether it is temporary or permanent. Some individuals aren’t troubled by their tinnitus, whereas others’ are severe that it greatly affects their lives. Depending on how serious the tinnitus is, people may experience:
- Sleep problems which decreases sleep quantity and quality
- Fatigue due to lack of rest and sleep
- Impaired focus and concentration
- Memory problems
- Irritability and anxiety
If you notice hearing loss, dizziness or the above-mentioned, visit an otolaryngologist and/or audiologist as soon as possible.
Tinnitus And Your Heart – What is Pulsatile Tinnitus?
In rare circumstances, tinnitus could happen as a rhythmic pulsing, throbbing, thumping, or whooshing sound audible only to you, and oftentimes synchronizes with the beat of your heart. This is known as pulsatile tinnitus and your doctor may be able to hear it when an examination is done (objective tinnitus).
Different from other tinnitus forms that are believed to be triggered by a disconnection between what the ear hears and the manner the brain deciphers and makes sense of them, there is a physical source for pulsatile tinnitus. The occurrence of pulsatile tinnitus is because of the ear becoming aware of a shift in the flow of blood in blood vessels close to it, including the veins and arteries in the neck, the base of the skull, and inside the ear itself. The primary causes of this change in blood flow are:
- Generalized Increased Blood Flow. When blood flow is quick, like pregnancy or during vigorous exercise, more noise is made. Hyperthyroidism or severe anemia may also set off general increased blood flow in one’s body.
- Localized Increased Flow. From time to time, there is an increase in blood flow in a single or one cluster of blood vessels. Tumors located in the neck and head can result in abnormal blood vessels developing, which can cause pulsatile tinnitus. Most tumors linked with pulsatile tinnitus are non-cancerous or benign.
- Turbulent Blood Flow. The hardening of arteries, known as atherosclerosis, causes the insides of blood vessels to be lumpy, initiating a turbulent and louder flow of blood.
- Heightened Awareness to Sound. This may be due to conditions or injuries in the ear and can result in pulsatile tinnitus. Individuals with a condition that causes conductive hearing loss, like a punctured eardrum or glue ear (secretory otitis media), tend to have a heightened awareness to sounds from within their body.
- Intracranial Hypertension. A condition known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension could bring about pulsatile tinnitus, along with sight problems and headaches.