What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition where patients hear varied
noises in the ear when there is no outside origin of the sound.
The word is derived from the Latin word Tinnire which means “to ring.”
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The sounds can be
ringing, whistling, ticking, clicking, crackling and more often a wooshing
sound similar to sounds made by waves or the wind. Tinnitus is not a
dysfunction or disease but often a symptom of some other problem or disorder
suffered by the patient.
Tinnitus is caused by ear congestion or by the
presence of foreign bodies in the ear. Some patients experience tinnitus by the intake of aspirin or other prescription drugs.
Stress and anxiety can
also cause tinnitus. A patient with gradual hearing loss sometimes
Sinusitis is often accompanied by tinnitis. Some
patients experience tinnitus temporarily after hearing the loud report
of a gunshot or a firecracker.
Loud music is also a possible cause of temporary tinnitus. The patient may feel tinnitus in one ear or
simultaneously in both ears.
The patient may feel tinnitus for a short
period of time, sporadically or permanently. Patients with high levels of
tinnitus suffer the continuous annoyance of a noise like a mosquito
singing in a locked room.
There are two kinds of tinnitus. Objective Tinnitus is a condition where the noise is heard both by the patient
and others. The cause for objective tinnitus are abnormalities in the
blood vessels around the ear.
The more common type of tinnitus is where
only the patient can hear the noise. Thus tinnitus is a disorder where a
patient hears things when there is nothing to hear.
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