Causes of Tinnitus
The volume of people suffering from tinnitus can be found mostly in the elderly. However, most of the young generation are beginning to see affects of tinnitus as well which could mainly be from noise levels by listening to music. The causes of tinnitus cannot be fully identified by your doctor or even a specialist. It could be a natural hearing deterioration as you grow older. Let us find out more about this topic below!
More information about Tinnitus!
Tinnitus is a condition where the reading of sound can be high pitched whistling, ringing or even hissing. Most of the time, the sounds are heard frequently throughout the day but may beat with the heart which is known as ‘Pulsatile Tinnitus.’ If you experience any of these symptoms, then do check with your doctor. It is likely that you may have a form of Tinnitus. Make sure you attend to the doctor so he can clearly explain your hearing problems.
Tinnitus can be common in a few people particularly the elderly. Many people tend to ignore and avoid the problems that tinnitus cause. However, not everyone can deal with it. Tinnitus can also affect other people’s normal lives. Tinnitus can also distract some aspects of a person’s daily activities. These activities can be sleeping, watching TV or communicating on your mobile. These acts can be very difficult to handle with Tinnitus and makes the condition worse from stress.
One form of Tinnitus is ‘Objective Tinnitus’ which can be caused from the flow of blood in narrowed arteries in the neck. You may also have complications with your Eustachian tube which results in ‘Objective Tinnitus.’
Another term known as ‘Subjective Tinnitus’ can be caused by hearing loss, Meniere’s Disease and Acoustic Neuroma.
Causes of Tinnitus!
Below are a number of possible causes you may want to learn about as well as the rarer causes of tinnitus.
1) Damage to the nerves!
This can be one of the most common causes of tinnitus is damage to the hearing nerves inside the inner ear. Sounds travel through the outer, middle and into the inner ear where cochlea and the auditory nerve are located.
The cochlea is a spiral tube which contains several hair cells whereas the auditory nerve transmits sounds to the brain.
A large build up of earwax can cause the ear to become blocked.
• Otitis media – middle ear infection
• Glue ear
• Otosclerosis – the growth of an abnormal bone in the middle ear which causes hearing loss
• Meniere’s Disease – this disease causes problems with the balance of sound in both ears
• Anaemia – blood becomes thin due to reduced blood cells which circulates very fast and results in producing a sound
There are also rarer causes of Tinnitus. These are:
• Head injuries
• Sudden exposure to very loud sound
• Reactions to medications
• Alcohol and drug abuse
• Problems with the joints in the jaws which lead to pain in both the face and head
• High doses of medication usage such as aspirin and antibiotics
3) Loud noise!
Frequently being surrounded by loud noises can certainly cause Tinnitus. For those who work in very noisy environments suffer the greatest risks from getting Tinnitus. These environments are where drilling and ear splitting factories are involved. It would make sense to wear noise protection headphones while working.
Do remember that Tinnitus is a condition that affects most of the elderly. However, if you do notice the symptoms of Tinnitus, it is best to discuss your symptoms to the doctor who can analyse and work out what it may be. It could be quite a long process depending on what is causing you to have Tinnitus.
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