The symptoms of tinnitus can cause a lot of annoyance and problems for the sufferer. And on top of that, the symptoms could be confusing as well. Let us take an example to understand this better.
You were leading a perfectly good life, going to work and coming back home everyday, but all of a sudden you begin to hear strange noises in the ear. Of course you believe that there must be a source of these noises. But strangely, no one else seems to hear them. You might become scared and think that the noises are coming from within your body, and so you go and meet your doctor. After a few examinations, the doc confirms that everything is fine within you. But the problem is, you still hear these noises. They are beginning to get on your nerves and affect you at work. And worst, the noises seem to become worse at night, robbing you of your precious sleep.
That's tinnitus for you. The noises you hear are its main symptoms, and they could be of many types. You could hear strange clicking, ringing, buzzing, whistling or hissing sounds within the ear. But it's never the same for everyone. There are a few who hear them all the time, and there are others who get them from time to time. Then there are those who report an intense attack. And others are bothered by a constant drill. But you can be sure about one thing - a lot of people in the US and elsewhere have tinnitus. So there's nothing really unique about your condition.
Most Symptoms of Tinnitus Are Nothing but Phantom Noises
A lot of people become confused when they cannot locate a source of the noises they hear. And some of them even become scared. Often these people are even ridiculed by those who cannot hear the noises themselves. But for those who have tinnitus, the sounds appear absolutely real. Actually, these are just phantom noises, a perception of hearing.
There Are Exceptions.
In at least one instance, the noise heard could be real. In other words, there is a real source of the noise that you hear. This is known as Pulsatile tinnitus. In this, you would be able to hear your own heart beat, and it could drive you completely crazy because you would have to live with the constant beat all the time - no pun intended.
There's another difference. There's at least one more person who can hear these noises, and that is your doctor. The person will however need to use a listening device to hear them. Do take note - this is not the same as listening to the heart beat with a stethoscope. Here, the doctor will use a listening device to hear the noise at your ear, and not your chest.
What causes Pulsatile tinnitus? You could be hearing your heart beat if you have high blood pressure, have arterial damage, and even due to changes in the flow of blood. Sometimes, a lot of stress, anxiety or depression can also cause this condition.
Tinnitus and Ear Pain
Sometimes the tinnitus noises could come together with pain or discomfort in the ear. This usually happens when one or both of your ears are blocked because of excessive wax. So clear some of it, and the noise will go away.
But it is not always that simple to get rid of the noises. Sometimes the causes can be much more complicated, and there could be several contributing factors as well. Sadly, your conventional doctor will not be able to give you permanent relief because the treatment offered is only symptomatic. Treating the symptoms will never help when the causes remain.
The only way you could ever get rid of your tinnitus for good is by following the holistic approach to healing. By using a multidimensional treatment for tinnitus, we are tackling all tinnitus causative factors and eliminating these triggering elements from the root. This is the only path for permanent freedom from tinnitus.