Last week, the world was abuzz with love. However, you’re now discovering that the buzzing in your ears is still there, a week later. Sure you may have found the love of your life, but you also may have tinnitus.
Tinnitus manifests as a “phantom” ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking or hissing. You can have it in one or both ears and it can be soft or piercing. For some people, the sound can be so intense that it masks actual sounds or makes it difficult to concentrate.
There are two different types of tinnitus:
- Subjective tinnitus, the most common type, which can only be heard by the patient.
- Objective tinnitus, which can be heard by your physician during an examination.
Tinnitus affects 1 in 5 people and is a symptom rather than an actual disorder. There are numerous causes of tinnitus, but sometimes the root of the problem is unknown.These causes may include inner ear cell damage, ear bone changes or blood vessel problems. Exposure to loud noise can also cause tinnitus, and if you’ve ever left a concert or a club and heard a ringing in your ears, you have actually experienced the sensation. Fortunately, the type that results from short-term exposure, such as to a DJ or band, goes away within a few hours.
While tinnitus is not a serious medical condition in itself, it can negatively affect your daily life. Some of its effects include:
- Sleep problems
- Trouble concentrating
- Memory problems
- Anxiety and irritability
These conditions, in turn, can cause problems for your health as well.
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, many people respond well to treatment that addresses the underlying medical condition or through different types of sound therapies, such as masking devices or hearing aids, or cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
At Westwood Ear, Nose and Throat, our expert physicians have the most up-to-date knowledge and facilities for diagnosing and treating tinnitus. If you or someone you love are experiencing any of these “phantom” sensations, call us today at (888) 230-3715 to see how we can help.