What Is Tinnitus?

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus MiracleFor those who have visited Madison Square Garden in the New York City to hear Beethoven’s Symphony No.5 in C minor on a New Year’s Eve, the music must have remained with them for a few brief minutes even after it had stopped playing in the vast arena. Well, this is quite normal. Beethoven’s composition lingers long in the ears after the music has actually stopped. But if that continues till the next morning and persists thereafter that calls for a medical check up which will invariably diagnose it as a case of Tinnitus. And there is nothing outstanding or exceptional about it since millions of Americans suffer from Tinnitus and they keep suffering since no cure for tinnitus has yet been found.

Even though the word has been derived from the Latin expression tinnitus, which means ‘ringing’, the sound heard by the affected person vary a lot. It may range from hissing, whooshing, ticking, clicking to humming, droning, whining and buzzing. In short, it is enough to drive a person crazy, looking for relief from pillar to post.

What is Tinnitus and what are its various types?
Clinically speaking, tinnitus represents any ringing or buzzing in the ear not resulting from an external stimulus. However, there are several forms of tinnitus, each one of them capable of thoroughly disrupting the life of the patient. There is subjective tinnitus where the ringing or the wheezing is heard by the patient alone and objective tinnitus in which the doctor can also hear the noise by using acoustic instruments. Some of these are unilateral (can be heard in one ear) or bilateral where it is heard in both the ears. Persons suffering from Pulsatile Tinnitus can hear their own heartbeats while Somatic Tinnitus resonances lie outside the ear, probably beyond the cochlear nerves and is believed to arise from central crosstalk within the grey matters. Chronic Sinusitis Tinnitus could be a nasty customer, being caused by thickened mucus trapped within the middle ear space from which it is difficult to drain the mucus out.

Here are some of the underlying causes of tinnitus…

1. Atherosclerotic Carotid Artery Disease in which the arteries become narrowed due to heavy cholesterol buildup that result in uneven blood flow to the head and neck area. This gives rise to agonizing heartbeat sounds that can be heard in the ears of the tinnitus patient. Mostly associated with elderly patients having history of diabetes, hypertension, angina pectoris as well as persistent high blood pressure.

2. Benign Intracranial hypertension may also cause Tinnitus (Pulsatile?). This is exemplified by heightened pressure in the cerebrospinal fluid that covers the brain. Usual victims are young obese females.

3. Damaged nerve, particularly the nerve that runs between the brain and the ear.

4. Glomus tumor that consists of bunches of tissues and entangled blood vessels in the ear or the immediate surrounding area can become a cause of tinnitus. Young people often opt for surgical help while surgery is not recommended for the elderly as these tumors are extremely slow in growth.

5. Intracranial vascular lesion often causes tinnitus of aneurism and arteri-venous malformation or deformity that is usually typified by abnormal or irregular connection between the artery and the vein. This often results in arterial blood entering straight into the vein without going through the capillaries. The situation, as may be appreciated is rather grave, not only resulting in Tinnitus but also turning towards hemorrhage in the brain causing fatal consequences.

6. Middle ear effusion generally causes Pulsatile Tinnitus in middle aged patients. Accumulation of excess fluid in the middle ear due to inflammation in the Eustachian tubes causing blockage of the escape route and infection in the middle ear and further collection f fluid there gives rise unusual noise in the ear resembling pulse beats.

7. Meniere’s Disease is one of the commonest causes of tinnitus. It is related to a host of inner ear disorders, believed to be triggered by nonconforming inner ear fluid pressure.

8. In many cases, when so specific cause for tinnitus can be found after hearing tests are carried out, the blame can be put on depression and stress.

9. Acoustic Neuroma that consists of a benign tumor is often found responsible for causing this disorder. It usually occurs on the cranial nerve that runs from the brain to the inner ear and interferes with controlling of balance, giving rise to vertigo and related complications. Also known as Vestibular Schwannoma, it affects only one ear in most cases.

10. Incessant exposure to earsplitting noise is considered as the commonest cause for tinnitus.

Now that tinnitus have become a fully open book for anyone to take lesson from, it is time to see how best to cure it. Unfortunately that database is lying absolutely blank as no known conventional method of addressing the underlying causes of the disease condition has yet been found out. What actually happens is that, conventional treatments just treat the symptoms, without really finding out the root causes and thus, the symptoms often come back, as soon as the effect of the treatment wanes. The only way tinnitus can be tamed permanently is through a holistic regime that may involve total change of lifestyle and many others. Ask any sufferer, he/she will instantly agree to do so in exchange for a lifetime relief.

This article is based on the book, Tinnitus Miracle” by Thomas Coleman. Thomas is an author, researcher, nutritionist and health consultant who dedicated his life to creating the ultimate Tinnitus solution guaranteed to permanently reverse the root of ear ringing and naturally and dramatically improve the overall quality of your life, without the use prescription medication and without any surgical procedures. Learn more by visiting his website HERE.

Tinnitus Facts

Tinnitus Facts

Tinnitus Facts

  • Tinnitus is Latin for  “ringing,”  (pronounced “tin-eye-tus”), the perception of sound  in  the ear, this sound not being generated by an outside  source.
  • By some estimates, over 17%  Americans  have some form of Tinnitus – that’s almost 51 million people with Tinnitus!
  • 7% of Tinnitus sufferers (about 21 million people) seek medical treatment each year.
  • For 3.5%  of or the population (around 10.5 million people), Tinnitus affects their lives so severly, making most any activity (especially sleep) difficult at best.
  • As we age, more Americans develop Tinnitus. More than one-third of Tinnitus sufferers are 65 years and older.
  • Tinnitus is an equal-opportunity affliction,  both men and women have Tinnitus in roughly equal numbers.
  • There are two forms of Tinnitus –  Objective Tinnitus which makes a sound that can be heard by others and has a better chance of a medical cure. The other form of Tinnitus is called Subjective Tinnitus, which can only be heard by the sufferer and is the tinnitus that most of us know so well.
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Tinnitus Symptoms

  • The classic sign of Tinnitus is a constant or occasional ringing, whooshing, buzzing, whistling, chirping, roaring, ticking or clicking noise in one or both ears.
  • These sounds sometines vary in volume, getting  louder in a quiet setting. Noisy environments make   Tinnitus noises less noticeable.
  • Sometimes other forms of hearing loss are associated with Tinnitus.

Causes of Objective Tinnitus

  • Muscle spasms that cause clicks or crackling in the inner ears.
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus is caused by altered blood flow or increased blood turbulence in veins in the ear, possibly from atherosclerosis or venous hum, and the noise is in rythmn with the beating of the sufferer’s heart. Rarely, Pulsatile Tinnitus can be a sign of more serious problems like  carotid artery aneurysm or carotid artery dissection.
  • Eustachian tube abnormalities can also cause a form of Tinnitus, with a blowing sound or an ocean roar and/or clicking/whooshing  noises as the main symptoms.

Causes of Subjective Tinnitus

  • 80% of Subjective Tinnitus sufferers have other  hearing disorders.
  • Almost all of those with Ménière’s disease have some form of Tinnitus.
  • Loud noises, constant or one-time noises, can be prime causes of Tinnitus.
  • Medicines, especially NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen) have been shown to cause Tinnitus.
  • Chemical imbalances like diabetes have been linked to cases of  Tinnitus.
  • Studies have shown that up to 50% of those with clinically-diagnosed depression and/or anxiety disorders have symptoms of Tinnitus.
  • Constant and abnormal stress has been shown to cause Tinnitus  and make it worse.

How Do I Treat My Tinnitus?

  • Unless there is an underlying, treatable medical condition, there is no cure for Tinnitus. Always see your physician first to see if medical help is possible.
  • It is possible to reduce the intensity of the sounds of Tinnitus through various non-medical and alternative treatments.
  • For the most part, the goal in treating Tinnitus is to help the sufferer get used to his or her level of tinnitus, and attempt to move the perception of  the Tinnitus noises to the patient’s subconscious.
  • For those who have issues with depression, anxiety and excessive stress, the alternative and holistic  medical practitioners have been instrumental in developing many new, non-medical and creative treatments to help Tinnitus sufferers regain control over their lives.
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