Tingling in the ears that appears to occur for no apparent reason is referred to as tinnitus. People who suffer from tinnitus may believe that the ringing in their ears is caused by growing older or being overexposed to loud noises, taking other medications, having their ears clogged with wax, or even that their dental fillings are picking up static!
According to the statistics, one in every five people suffers from either subjective (only you can hear it) or objective (both you and your doctor can hear it) tinnitus. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of tinnitus that you should be aware of and not dismiss. Some of them are even relatively simple to repair!
- Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
Atherosclerosis is a condition in which your arteries become clogged with plaque. This causes your arteries to narrow, making it more difficult for the blood to flow through them. The condition known as tinnitus, in which you can hear the beat of your heart in your ears, can develop as a result.
When we’re scared or angry, we’ve all had the experience of hearing our heart beating, but it eventually stops. When it appears to be continuing for an extended period of time, it is worthwhile to have it checked out. This is especially true because atherosclerosis increases your risk of having a stroke or having a heart attack.
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
When it comes to blood pressure, a high reading indicates that your heart is working harder to circulate the blood, so a high reading indicates that you are having more difficulty. In addition to atherosclerosis, there are several other serious causes of high blood pressure that can be fatal if not treated promptly.
Tinnitus is caused by an insufficient amount of blood flowing through the ears. An aneurysm is a potentially fatal outcome in the case of atherosclerosis of the veins leading to or exiting the brain.
Tumors are a third type of cancer.
Tumors in the head and neck that press on blood vessels are referred to vascular neoplasms (VN). In sporadic cases, these can range from benign to malignant, but they are rare and necessitate specialist analysis in order to make a definitive diagnosis. Another type of benign tumor that can affect the cranial nerve is the acoustic neuroma, which grows slowly and attaches itself to the bone of the skull.
It is possible that tinnitus will develop as a result of such tumors being close to your ears. Hearing and balance problems are likely to develop as a result of the ringing, which may only occur on one side of the head in this situation.
Meniere’s disease is a fourth type of disease.
Tinnitus and hearing loss are two symptoms that you should discuss with your doctor. Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that you should ask about if you have been experiencing both. In addition to these symptoms, you may also experience vertigo and nausea at the same time. In severe cases, Meniere’s disease can cause permanent hearing loss if it is left untreated.
The exact cause of Meniere’s disease remains a mystery; however, it has been linked to an accumulation of fluid in the inner ear, a blockage, infection, or an abnormal response of the immune system.
- Injuries to the head and neck
Temporary tinnitus can be caused by a traumatic injury to the head or neck region. In the event of a whiplash injury or a head injury, it is still recommended that you inform your doctor about it because it could be an indication of a kinked blood vessel. The condition can be caused by other types of neurological damage, such as multiple sclerosis, which can last for years on end.
Tinnitus can be managed in order to make it less noticeable, and in some cases, it can even be cured if treated correctly.
Capillary malformation is number six on the list.
Arteriovenous malformation (AVM) is a rare condition that affects developing fetuses but does not manifest itself until the child reaches adulthood, typically between the ages of 15 and 20 years. Capillaries connect the arteries in the brain to the veins, allowing the brain to function properly. Patients suffering from AVM have veins that are directly connected to the brain arteries. This can result in decreased blood flow to the brain, as well as ruptures and hemorrhage in the brain. AVM can even result in an aneurysm in some cases, but this is extremely rare.
Tinnitus is a symptom of AVM, as is one-sided hearing loss and facial numbness, which are also present. Despite the fact that it sounds extremely serious, the good news is that it is treatable.
- TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders
This joint, also known as the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), allows us to open our mouths and chew while also talking. Inflammation can occur quickly due to actions such as clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, or other injuries to the jaw that can cause it to become inflamed.
When the TMJ is injured, it can cause a variety of symptoms such as locking of the jaw joints, pain and tenderness in the affected area, earache, and tinnitus. TMJ injury is treated by a dentist through bite realignment, but relaxation techniques can help prevent stress-related behaviors such as grinding or clenching teeth.
If you’ve been experiencing that unmistakable ringing in your ears, you’re most likely suffering from tinnitus. The cause of your tinnitus could be due to your age, the fact that you’ve been listening to loud music through your headphones, or the fact that your ears need to be thoroughly cleaned.
Tinnitus, on the other hand, may be a sign of something far more serious, ranging from a potentially life-threatening head injury to a warning of an impending stroke, tumor, heart disease, or Meniere’s disease, to name a few possibilities.
A change in the course of an action or the administration of a medication may be sufficient to alleviate tinnitus symptoms. It is also possible that lowering blood pressure or using masking devices will help. Immediately schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist or an audiologist if you believe you may suffer from tinnitus.