Tinnitus Symptoms: Are You Experiencing Any of the Following?
If you’ve been suffering from tinnitus symptoms for any length of time, then you’ll know what a nuisance this condition can be. For some people, however, “nuisance” doesn’t even come close to describing their plight. For these people, tinnitus has all but ruined their entire lives. Can this happen to you? Let’s learn more.
Determining whether or not you are suffering from the condition called tinnitus may be as simple as taking a look at the symptoms you’re experiencing. Ultimately, it all comes down to phantom noises (usually ringing) in your ears. There may or may not be an obvious reason for this to be happening. Moreover, it doesn’t just stop with ringing. Many tinnitus sufferers actually report hearing all kinds of sounds.
Let’s take a look at some of the commonly experienced audio impulses that other folks afflicted with this often intolerable condition claim to be hearing. Remember, these are not generally fleeting sensations (although they can be), but are more often consistent, inescapable noises. See if any of the following describe what it is you’re hearing:
- Ringing (most common)
- Roaring, or “whooshing”
No matter if you’re experiencing any of these sounds and sensations in one ear or both, if they exist and don’t seem to be going away any time soon, you may want to consult your doctor for a diagnosis. This is particularly true if the volume is high and your symptoms are either painful or incredibly distracting. People have lost their jobs and developed serious sleeping problems as the result of their high-decibel tinnitus!
There are two other important reasons why you need to get yourself diagnosed sooner than later. The first of these reasons is that tinnitus is generally not a disease, but rather a side effect of some underlying condition. It may just be your body’s way of telling you that something more serious is wrong, and having your doctor check you out could solve a potentially very bad situation before it gets out of hand.
The second reason is that tinnitus can be a pretty tricky problem to solve. As a side effect of some other problem, it is of great importance that you discover what that other problem actually is. If you can treat the underlying condition, you may be able to do away with your tinnitus quickly and easily. If you have no idea what that condition is, then you may very well be in for a long and bumpy ride.
It could be said that tinnitus actually has a number of secondary symptoms, as well. In other words, while the main symptom is obviously the noises themselves, the suffering that results from these sometimes unbearable sounds could also be classified as a symptom of tinnitus. In that case, the list obviously expands to include:
- sleep disorders
- eating disorders
- job loss
- family problems
- inability to concentrate
- impaired memory
- dizziness and impaired balance
- suicide (obviously rare, but it has been reported)
The list goes on and on. Many sufferers of severe tinnitus claim that their symptoms were generally mild and bearable for a significant period of time, but then it was like someone turned up the volume suddenly and dramatically. It does take many people by surprise when it happens.
For this reason, it is important that you educate yourself about tinnitus, as well as the various treatment and coping options you have available to you… before the situation gets extreme. This is not to imply that your tinnitus symptoms will ever become unbearable. However, it is best to know how to handle an alarming situation prior to it becoming alarming. First things first. See your doctor.