After a concert or after exposure to loud noises, for example, there may be a ringing in the ears in the form of a buzzing or other sound. If the noises in the ears persist for more than three months, it is referred to as chronic tinnitus. Noises in the ear can vary in intensity: in some cases, those affected can integrate constant noises in the ear into everyday life, but for some people the noises in the ears are so annoying that they affects their daily life, sleep and personality. The consequences of this can be, for example, headaches, irritability, tension and / or difficulty concentrating.
Noises in the ears can occur on one or both sides. For some people, the buzzing, crackling or whooshing sound occurs suddenly, for others it is constant and persistent. This is why it is important an individual consideration of the specific clinical picture.
Noise in the ears occurs on one or both sides. If you add to the noise in your ears a feeling of excessive pressure in your ears or plugged ears, this could be a sign of sudden hearing loss. If symptoms persist, it is necessary to visit a ENT specialist.
Some people are more likely to hear a whooshing sound in their ears similar to their own heartbeat. Unlike "real" tinnitus, this whooshing sound can also be heard by the doctor through a stethoscope. This ear noise is often caused by changes in the blood vessels, for example due to constrictions or similar conditions.
Ringing in the ears is nothing but tinnitus. Especially short-term noises in the ear are described as "ringing in the ears"; these arise for example from loud music, concerts or other particularly loud noises.
However, ringing in the ears can also be caused by physical factors, such as otitis media or a foreign body in the ear. Another common cause can be stress. Ringing in the ears combined with dizziness is a characteristic sign of sudden hearing loss and so-called Menière's disease.
Noises can be expressed as whistling, beeping, buzzing, crackling or clicking in the ear. Those affected often describe noises as very high pitched tones that occur continuously and monotonously.
What the patient perceives as a whooshing sound in the ear is often the sound of blood flow. Patients also describe this phenomenon as the sensation of perceiving one's heartbeat in the ear.
When a noise in the ear increases and decreases with the rhythm of the heartbeat, tinnitus is also called pulsatile tinnitus. For example, one possible cause of pulsatile tinnitus is high blood pressure. Other causes can also be related to the side effects of some medications.
Causes of ringing in ears
There are some keywords that can lead to the disappearance of the constant ringing in the ears, such as: less stress, a healthier life, protection from noise. People affected by tinnitus can actively support their therapy by paying more attention to themselves and asking themselves about the cause of the tinnitus, perhaps looking for it in a recent change in everyday life, or some problem causing stress and anxiety.
If it is established that the tinnitus is due to circulatory disorders, it makes sense to undertake a treatment aimed at promoting and improving blood circulation. If there are other causes such as stress, it makes sense to help reduce anxiety and tension, for example through relaxation techniques or breathing exercises. Even small breaks in everyday life can help. Hearing aids for tinnitus, also known as tinnitus-noisers, can also help treat ringing in the ears.
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