The definition of tinnitus is: “the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding external sound“.
The condition is characterized by ringing, buzzing, humming, musical, whooshing, throbbing, hissing or other noises that someone hears inside the ear, ears or inside the head.
It maybe that these noises are incessant or they may come and go.
Although it does not pose serious health threats, tinnitus could be an alarm bell for some other condition so it’s important it’s checked out by a medical professional.
Types Of Tinnitus
Although there is just one definition of tinnitus there are actually only two main types of the condition:
By far the most common forms of tinnitus which has, more often than not, been caused by an over exposure to excessive noise. Only the sufferer can hear subjective tinnitus and it can be constant or intermittent and vary in intensity.
Always check with you doctor as subjective tinnitus may indicate:
- problems with the nerves.
- faulty nervous interpretation of the audio signals.
- food allergies.
- medications side effects.
- smoking and other unhealthy lifestyle habits.
- These symptoms are more difficult to diagnose because they require a more complex set of medical tests.
Go see the doctor once the symptoms start because the sooner you seek medical help, the easier the treatment becomes. Many people develop tinnitus after flu, head injury or accidents. Professional diagnosis represents the only solid ground to start treatment.
On the other hand objective tinnitus is the rarest form and the only type that can actually be heard by a third party. It very often follows the throbbing of the pulse and in time to the heartbeat.
Objective tinnitus is pretty rare occurrence, affecting only about 5% of tinnitus sufferers. Upon examination the doctor will actually be able to hear the sound that bothers you as it results from an inner ear bone condition or an infection.
Other Types Of Tinnitus
You will also hear of a number of other types being mentioned
As the name suggests, this form of tinnitus is a rhythmical beat that typically follows the pattern of the beating heart.
This form of tinnitus is a little difficult to explain. It’s when physical movement, or the senses can either cause or influence the condition in some way. For example a muscle spasm my stimulate the onset of tinnitus but clicking the jaw may reduce it perception of the noises.
This is a form of subjective tinnitus and the form experienced the most. It’s usually a side effect to a damaged hearing system.
Musical tinnitus is also known as musical hallucination. It’s a more complex for of tinnitus whereby the sound of music can be heard when there is no such sound present.