18 May Ear Noises
Signs and symptoms of ear noises, especially abnormal ear noises and ear ringing, is a medical condition referred to as tinnitus. It comes from the Latin word tinnire which means “to ring.” Not an uncommon situation, there is not a lot known about tinnitus other than it is considered a symptom of various other conditions, rather than its own disease. Over 50 million Americans have tinnitus, while approximately 12 million seek medical attention with severe tinnitus.
The famous painter Vincent Van Gosh suffered from tinnitus tremendously, to the point he was unable to keep up with his daily activities or live a stable life. He was a struggling man continuously hearing the phantom sounds so often that he cut off one of his ears in order to paint. Other famous people who suffer from tinnitus today are Barbara Streisand and Steve Martin.
Different Causes of Ear Sounds Influence the Signs and Symptoms of Ear Noises:
- Tinnitus seems to originate from damage in the inner ear’s auditory cells. This is usually because of extremely loud noises or age-related hearing loss, which occurs around 60 years of age.
- Tinnitus may be excess ear wax in the ear, causing a temporary condition of tinnitus.
- Jaw misalignment can cause tinnitus.
- Certain types of medication can cause or worsen tinnitus, with the higher the dosage, the worse it will become: aspirin in high dosages of 12+ daily; chloroquine or other malaria medications; antibiotics; cancer medications; or diuretics.
- Symptoms of otosclerosis, which is the stiffening of the middle ear bones.
- Tinnitus may be an indication of some type of disease in the circulatory system.
- Trauma-related damage could cause tinnitus, due to loud noises over long periods of time.
Severe tinnitus can prevent a patient from sleeping, hearing, working, reading or functioning in their everyday life. The ongoing sounds of ringing in the ears, abnormal ear sounds or ear noises, can prevent a person from having a conversation, concentrating or focusing. People have different types of ear sounds, with each ear sound relating to that person’s specific condition. If a person has been diagnosed with tinnitus, learning about ear sounds should be a top priority. Tinnitus may be temporary, or it can develop into a life-long situation.
Signs and Symptoms of Ear Noises from Tinnitus
- Ear noise – roaring, chirping, clicking, hissing, roaring, whistling, ringing in ears, ringing noises or buzzing in ears.
- A hearing loss
- Pitch in the ear ranges from a high squeal to a low roar.
- It can occur in one ear or both ears.
- It can be low or so loud it hinders concentration and hearing.
- A build-up of ear wax will cause tinnitus to become worse.
Tinnitus and Acute Inner Ear Infection
Signs and symptoms of ear noises have a lot to do with acute inner ear infection or a Eustachian tube blockage. Tests done are a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the head and a computed tomography (CT) of the temporal bone – skull bone containing ear canal, middle ear, and inner ear – plus hearing tests. The ear noise of tinnitus that is heard in one ear, or is a pulsating sound, can be very serious. It can be from tumors, blocked arteries, an aneurysm, or a blood vessel disorder. These conditions need to be medically examined right away if such symptoms are occurring.