The ringing, roaring, hissing and buzzing, you hear in your ears is called tinnitus. It doesn’t come from your surroundings so those around you are unable to hear it. 

The noise may keep time with your heartbeat, your breathing, it may be constant, or it may come and go. Tinnitus is most common in people older than age 40, and men are affected by tinnitus more often than women. Fortunately, you’re not alone. There are nearly 50 million Americans that experience tinnitus too.

Causes of Tinnitus:

Pulsatile Tinnitus
• Often caused by sounds created by muscle movements near the ear, changes in the ear canal, or blood flow problems in the face or neck.
• You hear sounds such as your own pulse or the contractions of your muscles.

Nonpulsatile Tinnitus
• Caused by problems in the nerves responsible for hearing.
• You may hear sounds in one or both ears.
• This type of tinnitus can be described as “coming from inside the head”.

• The most common cause of tinnitus
• Occurs with aging
• Also caused by exposure to loud sounds, immediate or long term.

Tinnitus can occur with all types of hearing loss and may be a symptom of almost any ear disorder. Other possible causes of tinnitus include:
• Earwax buildup
• Medicines
• Excessive amounts of alcohol or caffeinated beverages.
• Ear infections
• Eardrum rupture.
• Injuries, such as a direct blow to the ear or head.
• A rapid change in environmental pressure.
• Nerve problems (neurologic disorders), such as multiple sclerosis or migraine headache.

Most tinnitus that comes and goes does not require medical treatment however, you may need to see your Audiologist if tinnitus occurs with other symptoms, does not get better or go away, or is in only one ear. There may not be a cure for tinnitus, but we can help you learn how to live with the problem and make sure a more serious problem is not causing your symptoms.

Contact Physicians Hearing Center in Dothan, Alabama to schedule your appointment, today!