What You Should Know About Tinnitus

If you hear noises in your ears or head, you may be suffering from tinnitus symptoms. For most, the noise they hear in their ears or head is a ringing or low pitched hum. In some cases, loud noises or too much pressure on the ear can cause these noises to increase or even cause pain.

The Tinnitus Association of Canada estimates that more than 360,000 Canadians experience some form of tinnitus, but for most of these, the tinnitus is only on rare and brief occasions at a low intensity. About 150,000 of these people, experience severe tinnitus that can be quite disruptive and painful to their lives.

What’s unfortunate is that tinnitus cannot often be cured. However, there is much that can be done through sound therapy to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus in your life. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms shown below for tinnitus, you should give a Hometown Hearing Centre near you a call today.

Hearing Tinnitus Symptoms

If you have the sensation of hearing the noise without any external noise stimulation occurring, you may be suffering from tinnitus. Here are the symptoms of tinnitus you may want to listen for:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Humming

The noises that you may be sensing are what are called “phantom noises.” These phantom noises can vary in pitch from a low grumble to a high squeal. The noise is based on your hearing health history. Phantom noises can get so loud to interrupt even the loudest of events like a sports game or a concert. Finally, your tinnitus may be present all the time or it may come and go.

Here are the two types of tinnitus to listen for:

  • Objective Tinnitus — Your doctor can hear your tinnitus when they do a FREE hearing examination. This is a rare type of tinnitus that can be caused by a blood vessel problem, muscle contractions, or a middle ear bone condition.
  • Subjective Tinnitus — You are the only one who can hear your tinnitus. As the most common type of tinnitus, the outer, inner, or middle ear can be the location of the tinnitus. In some cases, the auditory nerves in your brain that translate noise waves could be injured or damaged.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms above, or you’re not sure if you have tinnitus, give a Hometown Hearing Centre nearest you a call today. You can schedule your FREE hearing exam and discover potential relief for your hearing issues.