A ringing or buzzing in the ears is a widespread complaint. A whistling, ringing, or buzzing sound that seems to come from nowhere affects one in two people at some point in their lives.
Tinnitus is a phantom noise without an external sound source. Its development in the inner ear and the brain remains a mystery to the medical community. The only thing we do know is that it’s not an illness, but a symptom.
The sounds in the ear differ from person to person in terms of tone, pitch, volume and level of perception. Sometimes it is perceived in one ear, and sometimes in the very center of the head.
It may appear in passing phases, in wave-like intervals or may be continuous – and you can never forget that it’s there. People with hearing loss often experience tinnitus, but many people with perfect hearing also have the condition.
One of the most uncomfortable times for sufferers is at night when things quiet down and the sound seems louder. This condition will also mean that general hearing quality is reduced and many sounds may seem distorted.
Even if no-one other than the person affected can hear the noise, tinnitus is neither a hallucination nor an imaginary disorder. But how the noise develops is still not entirely clear. Although there are various theories, none have been proven.
Avoid excessive stress: Stress promotes the development of unpleasant noises in the ear. It’s better to take things down a gear than to completely break down one day.
Don't hesitate! Go straight to your Hearing Care Professional at the first signs of tinnitus or when it’s acute, because the earlier you seek advice from a professional when you first hear noises in your ear and are treated with a suitable therapy, the better your chances of recovery.
While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, clinical research is constantly being conducted to try and find one. If you suddenly hear whistling, whooshing, or buzzing in your ear, the first step is to stay calm. While tinnitus is unpleasant, it’s not a symptom of a serious illness.
It's important to remember that if your tinnitus is really bothering you and if it’s having a serious impact on your life, see your doctor or an audiologist as soon as possible. They will be able to help you with the next steps and find a solution that will work for you. It’s also important to remember that tinnitus is a common problem and you are not alone. For more information and to book in for a tinnitus diagnosis make an appointment with a hearing specialist today.