The Different Types of Tinnitus Sounds and What Causes Them

In this article, we’ll examine the different sounds that tinnitus sufferers may experience. There is no hard and fast rule regarding this. Just like how there is a multitude of causes for tinnitus, the sounds can vary too.

Some people may only hear one sound. With others, it may be multiple sounds. Even the frequency may vary with some patients reporting sounds at intermittent intervals while others experience it continuously. Now we’ll look at the different types of sounds.

1. Buzzing

This is the most common of all the sounds and most sufferers mention hearing a buzzing sound in their ear. Even teenagers who listen to loud music on their headphones for hours have reported buzzing sounds in their ears after they took off the headphones.

Buzzing sounds usually can be treated by avoiding exposure to loud sounds. This works for most patients but if the cause of your buzzing is not overexposure to loud sounds, this remedy will have no effect.

2. Ringing

This is more irritating than the buzzing sound because it is more disruptive in your daily life. It distracts you from your work and during times of silence when you need to concentrate.

It is the 2nd most reported sound amongst tinnitus patients. In some cases, the ringing sound does not stop and is continuous. It makes life a living hell for the person suffering from this condition. The severity of the condition has a direct impact on whether one or both ears are affected.

3. Hissing

This sound is similar to the hissing of a kettle. As with all other sounds, you will need to discover the cause and treat the problem holistically for the hissing to stop.

The hissing sound is not very common and is generally less bothersome than the ringing sound.

4. Pulsatile

Pulsatile tinnitus is classified as objective. What that means is that unlike other forms of tinnitus, the doctor will be able to use medical technology to hear the sounds that you are hearing. Pulsatile tinnitus is often caused by vascular problems.

Pulsatile sounds are not phantom noises. Pulsatile tinnitus can be treated and cured. The trademark of a pulsatile sound is the heartbeat rate. If you can hear your heartbeat in your ears, you have pulsatile tinnitus.

5. Whistling / Roaring

It is very rare to encounter a patient who hears a whistling or roaring sound in his ears. This is the worst kind of sound and is often due to poor blood circulation.

It would be very beneficial to go on a clean, healthy diet and get lots of cardiovascular exercises to keep your blood flowing well. Prevention is better than cure.

These are the most common sounds associated with tinnitus. Of course, there may be variations such as clicking sounds or other swooshing noises. However, in this article, only the most common noises have been listed.

The point to note is that all these are symptoms. The only way to get rid of these annoying noises will be to find the root cause and eliminate it. Then and only then will you find true relief and your tinnitus symptoms will disappear and never return.

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