That annoying sound in your ears is a real manifestation of something else occurring with your hearing. Tinnitus has been plaguing people throughout history, especially those exposed to loud noises through their work. Musicians from Beethoven to Bob Dylan have described their symptoms in both letters and song.
The sound of tinnitus can take different forms: buzzing, ringing, whistling, roaring, or pulsating. Sometimes other people can hear the sound, too, or you may be the only one. Pulsating sounds may indicate a problem with your blood vessels, and clicking sounds may be due to muscle spasms. Buzzing or ringing sounds are usually due to damage to the hearing nerve.
The first step is to have an evaluation by an otolaryngologist. It might be a simple problem that can be fixed in the clinic (like an earwax buildup) or may require further testing. In particular, a hearing test can be helpful which will show if there is associated hearing loss from damage to the hearing nerve. Hearing tinnitus in one ear alone may also indicate a tumor on the hearing nerve, and an ENT may suggest a MRI for further testing.
Most people adapt to tinnitus with time. However, if your tinnitus is interfering with your quality of life, there are things you can do. The simplest way is to mask the noise when it is bothersome. Turning on a fan, TV, radio, or a white noise maker can be helpful. There is also good evidence that melatonin is helpful in treating tinnitus that interferes with sleep. Most drug stores and health food stores carry the medication. You should always check with your doctor first to determine if this is safe for you to take.
Tinnitus is a treatable condition. But, you are not alone, and there is help!
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