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Types Of Tinnitus And How To Identify Them

Sep 10, 2008
There are two different types of tinnitus. There is subjective tinnitus, when you are the only one who can hear the noise and there is objective tinnitus, where the noise is not just in your head, but the ringing from your ear can be heard by your physician. Usually the noise that occurs in objective tinnitus is only able to be heard through listening instruments used by your doctor.

They are very similar in the fact that there is ringing involved in the inner ear that is very difficult to cope with and does not go away. Subjective tinnitus is when the victim is the only one who can hear the monotonous ringing sound in the inner ear. This kind of tinnitus can drive a person crazy because there is absolutely nothing to be done about it.

The sound is most often described as a roaring, ringing, humming, beating or a whooshing sound. The reported sound can be different from person to person but has the same monotony in most cases. This can be very loud in the ear of the person suffering from it.
It can be loud enough that surrounding noises may even be drowned out by the relentless buzzing or ringing sound. This can affect a person while they are working and trying to communicate with other people. The sound can even disrupt a person while they are trying to sleep.

The ringing is not always that extreme but in most cases it is a huge distraction. Subjective tinnitus is more of a nuisance than a serious problem but is not something to be taken lightly. It is most commonly associated with long term exposure to loud deafening noises and the hearing loss that goes along with old age.

Often the long term use of specific medicines can be the culprit for the exasperating ringing sound. An injury can to your head or the area around your ear and neck can cause the noise in your head. The other form of this nervous system phenomenon is called objective tinnitus. Just like subjective tinnitus the characteristics of objective tinnitus also include the roaring, ringing, humming, beating or whooshing sound. Objective tinnitus can also defer you or at least distract you from all of the other surrounding noises.

The difference between the two kinds of tinnitus is in objective the sound can be heard by a second party. Objective tinnitus can also be known as Pulsatile Tinnitus. This is due to the fact that the ringing sound will stay in rhythm with the beat or pulse of the heart. Objective tinnitus is usually a symptom of a more serious disease.

The most common diseases that are associated with objective tinnitus are the following:

High blood pressure can be a factor that can be prevented with a healthy diet.

Lessening the stress levels in your life will also keep you clear of tinnitus. This can include reducing your work load, focusing on hobbies that make you happy, and not letting people get to you as much.

Tumultuous blood flow can affect the carotid artery by clogging it up and causing noise in the head. A very serious problem that objective tinnitus can be associated with is neck and head tumors. If this is the case, tinnitus is probably the least of your worries. This can also kink the arteries and cause noise in the head.

Malformation of capillaries is a disease that affects the connection between your arteries and your veins. If the veins are not formed in the proper way with the arteries, a kink or obstruction will cause the noise in the inner ear.
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