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Tinnitus treatment

Tinnitus, or as it’s commonly referred to as ringing in the ears is a condition that relates to hearing sounds which originate internally. Contrary to popular belief, tinnitus doesn’t just sound like ringing – other sounds documented include grinding, hissing, whistling, buzzing and humming. Pulsatile tinnitus is a condition where the sound of the noise resonates in time with the patient’s pulse. The condition itself is not serious or even life-threatening though it can be a nuisance to those who suffer with it. In more serious cases, it can have a direct impact on a person’s life and can even aggravate or contribute to other conditions such as depression and insomnia. 

If the tinnitus is the result of TMJ disorder, there are different techniques to use that can relieve the problems of TMJ. It is also possible that the tinnitus is a result of dental problems such as an abscess or cavities.

possible causes of

Tinnitus

While the cause of tinnitus is not fully understood, it is largely attributed to the interaction between the brain and the ear – specifically in how the brain interprets the sounds picked up by the ear. The cochlea, located inside the inner ear, is responsible for relaying auditory signals to the brain. When part of the cochlea is damaged, internal noise can occur as a result of the other areas of the cochlea attempting to compensate.

As well as loud noise, other common causes include Otosclerosis, Ménière’s disease, a perforated eardrum, infection, accumulation of earwax and a misalignment of the spine. Some cases of tinnitus can also be brought about as a result of the following:

    • Anaemia
    • Acoustic neuroma
    • Paget’s disease
    • Diabetes
    • Certain medications

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People with tinnitus often see it as a first sign of change in their hearing health. Tinnitus is a symptom of hearing change most of the time, and does not cause or worsen your hearing.

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Most people who have tinnitus have subjective tinnitus, or tinnitus that only you can hear. The noises of tinnitus may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it interferes with your ability to concentrate or hear external sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go.

In rare cases, tinnitus can occur as a rhythmic pulsing or whooshing sound, often in time with your heartbeat. This is called pulsatile tinnitus. If you have pulsatile tinnitus, your doctor may be able to hear your tinnitus when he or she does an examination (objective tinnitus).

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