Have you said, “help, my ears are ringing.” Hearing sounds in your ears that others cannot usually hear can be a lonely experience. It can also be annoying when it is hard to maintain your concentration because of the persistent noises. It can also affect your sleep leaving you sleep deprived, fatigued, affect your memory and so forth. What to do?
The first step is to get with your doctor or audiologist or search for a doctor or audiologist who will help with the tinnitus diagnosis process. Though this is a mysterious condition which makes it difficult to determine the cause as well as effective treatment, doctors may still be able to help by trying to determine what may be causing the sounds or if failing, helping you find coping strategies for living with tinnitus.
In some cases, the causes of tinnitus may be revealed and possibly fixed. You need to be very descriptive with the doctor about the sounds you hear because based upon what you’re hearing, a cause may be revealed such as;
- Hearing the sounds of your heartbeat in your ears is usually because of an issue with your blood vessels, high blood pressure, a tumor, etc. These symptoms are usually common with pulsatile tinnitus which is the only type of tinnitus for which another person can hear the sound after placing a hearing device to your head.
- High pitched ringing is usually brought on by being exposed to loud noises or injury to the ears such as a blow to the ears. There may be some hearing loss and if so, tinnitus may be permanent. Another cause of high-pitched ringing is acoustic neuroma which is a non-cancerous tumor in a part of the brain or ear. This usually affects only one ear.
- Clicking sounds in the ear may be caused by TMJ (TMJ and tinnitus), muscle contractions in the ear area, etc.
In many cases, the causes of the tinnitus may not be determinable but it is still important to have a complete physical exam, lab tests, hearing tests, etc. You will also be asked some of the following questions.
- What your stress levels are as this may or may not bring on the symptoms of tinnitus
- Whether one or both ears are affected
- The type of noises you hear
- Whether the sounds are constant or intermittent
- Whether the noises are increased or lessened under certain circumstances
- Whether your work, sleep and concentration levels are affected and so on and so forth
Some of the tests performed to get a tinnitus diagnosis and try to determine what is causing the noises of tinnitus include but are not limited to;
- Audiological (Hearing) Tests – The audiologist will usually try to determine how loud and the pitch of the sounds by placing you in a sound proof room while wearing earphones. Specific sounds will be played into one ear and then the other ear. When you can hear the sound, you will let the audiologist know and then the results will be reviewed to determine whether they are normal for your age group.
- Imaging Tests – An MRI or CT scan may be ordered if your doctor suspects a certain cause for the tinnitus.
- Movement – You may be asked to move your eyes, your neck, arms, legs or clench your jaw. As you go through these movements, you will report whether there is a change in the sounds. This may help to pinpoint a disorder that will need to be treated.
But unless tinnitus is caused by impacted earwax, an ear infection, cardiovascular issues or even TMJ, conventional methods may not have the answers you seek when you go through the entire process of a tinnitus diagnosis. Tinnitus signifies that there is a problem in your body. It just may be difficult to determine what this is. You may want to consider holistic methods such as using the TinnaRex herbal remedy which has successfully helped many tinnitus sufferers.