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Tinnitus is common, but it’s important to recognise signs early so that it doesn’t become more serious or permanent. Here are things to look for (and listen for!) to see whether or not you have tinnitus.
There are two main kinds of tinnitus:
This is the most common and is caused by damage in your outer, middle, or inner ear. Typically subjective tinnitus is caused by exposure to loud noise over a period of time.
A constant ringing in both earsYou’ll hear this during moments of silence. The buzzing, or ringing sound is more pronounced when there is no competition for noise. Instead, the sound is persistent inside your head and you’re the only one who can hear it. A low pitched ringing is commonly seen in patients with Meniere’s disease and it often occurs before a vertigo attack. A high pitched ringing is usually caused by long-term noise exposure, aging, or even certain medications. It may go away after a few hours or it may become permanent.
You hear a loud thumping in both ears or ringing in one earLike the constant ringing, loud thumping inside one’s head is another phantom noise that is persistent. It will sound like a large bass drum or a bass guitar that repeats like a heartbeat. This could be a sign that you have pulsatile tinnitus.
You hear musicThere is a kind of tinnitus that expresses itself as “musical hallucinations.” This can come in the form of what might sound like background music. You might have heard a song earlier and are convinced that you are hearing part of it in real again. If this persists, you could have tinnitus.
There is an obvious hearing lossIf you’re constantly asking people to speak up or turning up the TV, you might have tinnitus. It isn’t the only type of hearing loss, though it certainly is a common one. If there is a noticeable change in how you are hearing and it lasts for at least two weeks, get your ears checked out to see if the loss is temporary or is here to stay.