All About Tinnitus Part 2: Types & Causes of Tinnitus

Types and causes of tinnitus problems

Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center / August 4, 2016

Last time, we discussed the prevalence of tinnitus and its links to hearing loss. As you now know, tinnitus affects roughly 15% of the general American public (50 million Americans). You also know that tinnitus is not a condition that exists on its own. Rather, the appearance of tinnitus often points to the existence of related medical issues.

Tinnitus may range in volume and sound. In some cases, the sounds of tinnitus may grow so loud that they interfere with our ability to hear actual sound.

You also know that tinnitus appears in 80% of hearing loss cases. Hearing specialists believe that damage to inner ear hair cells may cause noise leakage, which leads to the sounds of tinnitus. This is just one possible culprit of tinnitus.

Today, in part two of our three-part series, we’ll explore the many possible causes of the two types of tinnitus.

All About Subjective Tinnitus

Subjective tinnitus is the most common form of tinnitus. It makes up more than 99% of tinnitus cases. With subjective tinnitus, the sounds of tinnitus – whether it is a ringing or a whistle or a buzz – are only heard by the person who suffers from tinnitus.

Conditions Related to Subjective Tinnitus

Subjective tinnitus may indicate the presence of a hearing loss. It may also point to problems you may have with your ears: your outer, middle, or inner ear. Subjective tinnitus may also be caused by issues with your auditory nerves or your auditory pathways – the parts of your brain that interpret nerve signals as sound.

If you are experiencing subjective tinnitus, it is important to visit us at Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center.

All About Objective Tinnitus

Objective tinnitus is quite rare, making up less than 1% of cases of tinnitus. With objective tinnitus, both the person who experiences tinnitus, as well as someone in close proximity, are able to hear the sounds. Your audiologist would be able to hear the sounds of your tinnitus upon performing an examination, for example.

Conditions Related to Objective Tinnitus

Objective tinnitus is caused by a number of different medical problems. If you are experiencing objective tinnitus, it is important to visit a medical professional. Objective tinnitus has been linked to a number of medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular conditions, and musculo-skeletal conditions. Pulsatile tinnitus, a form of objective tinnitus, produces a sound that is the same rhythm of your heartbeat.

Identifying and Treating Tinnitus

Currently, there is no single cure for treating tinnitus. If you are experiencing tinnitus, in either form, visit us at Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center. Depending on the condition which has caused the tinnitus, your hearing specialist or medical professional may be able to identify the cause and offer possible treatments.

Left untreated, tinnitus may cause difficulties in your everyday life, ranging from sleep deprivation to memory problems to concentration problems. Tinnitus may affect your productivity at work and also your mood. It has been linked to increased levels of stress and anxiety.

At Gulf Gate Hearing Aid Center, we provide tinnitus support. The best treatment for tinnitus is to eliminate the underlying cause. Often times, the prescription of hearing aids equipped with tinnitus sound masking therapies helps alleviate the symptoms.

Next time, in the last of our three-part series on tinnitus, we will explore the options for treating tinnitus.

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