If you think you have tinnitus, it is important to know what the type is. There are a few different kinds relating to the underlying cause, which affects how it can be treated. Read on to see our full guide on the different types of tinnitus.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no external sound source. The most common sounds heard include ringing, buzzing or hissing. It can occur in one ear, two ears, or fluctuates between the two and it is usually not something that someone else can hear. It can be either temporary or permanent.
There are no known cures for tinnitus, but in some cases it may go away completely if it is just a side effect of another health condition. So if you treat and cure the other health issue, the tinnitus may also stop. Otherwise, the only treatments for tinnitus are meant to help you manage the symptoms so it doesn’t affect you as much.
Not everyone who has tinnitus hears the same kind of sound. Here are some of the more common examples of the types of tinnitus sounds you may hear:
Ringing (high or low pitch)
Subjective tinnitus is when there is a perception of sound but there is neither an external nor internal sound source. It is the most common type of tinnitus with at least 95% of those who report they have tinnitus experiencing this form. Although we know that tinnitus is related to a disruption in the auditory pathway the exact nature is unknown.
Subjective tinnitus is associated with the following:
The most common risk factors that are associated with subjective tinnitus relate to our ears including:
Other associated issues include:
Unlike subjective tinnitus, objective tinnitus means that the sounds you hear in your ear are being produced by your body. This type of tinnitus can be broken down further into:
Tinnitus is a hearing condition that can come in several different forms. There are different sounds you may hear, but also different types, variation and subtypes for how you hear them. It can change in pitch and volume, but also in rhythm or even in a melody.
The nature of the sound you hear with tinnitus can often be a good indication for the type of tinnitus you have. This in turn can help determine the underlying cause and best treatment methods for your tinnitus.
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