About Tinnitus

Hearing sounds that originate inside your body as opposed to outside of it is known as tinnitus. Although numerous sounds can be heard, including the following, "ringing in the ears" is a common description.

  • buzzing
  • humming
  • grinding
  • hissing
  • whistling

Some people may hear sounds that resemble music or singing, while others (tinnitus that beats in time with the heartbeat) hear other sounds. Additionally, you might find that your hearing is worse than it used to be or that you are more sensitive to background noise (hyperacusis).


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Is Tinnitus Serious?

Rarely does tinnitus indicate a serious underlying condition. It might merely be a little annoyance for some folks and come and go for others.
However, it can be quite upsetting for certain people, have a big impact on daily life, interfere with attention, and lead to issues like sleeplessness and depression. Tinnitus frequently improves gradually over time, either by going away or by the body becoming accustomed to it (habituation). However, it's crucial to seek medical guidance to determine whether an underlying reason may be identified and treated as well as to assist you in finding solutions to the issue.

Causes of Tinnitus

Whatever the source of tinnitus, it results in a change in the signal transmission from the ear to the auditory cortex, the area of the brain responsible for processing sound. As a result, some areas of the auditory cortex are not receiving messages as well as they formerly did. In some people, this region responds by producing spontaneous "chatter" that syncs together to give the impression of sound. This firing pattern becomes stronger with time, and the tinnitus may eventually become a continual noise.

The following elements are known to contribute to the onset of tinnitus:

Hearing impairment

Sometimes hearing loss coexists in some degree with tinnitus. However, about one in three tinnitus sufferers do not have any hearing issues.


Being around loud noise

One of the most frequent reasons for hearing loss is noise. Your hearing can be instantly permanently damaged by a single close-range event.

Human hearing is seriously harmed by prolonged exposure to loud noises on a regular basis.


Head or neck injury

For more than one in ten people with chronic tinnitus, the cause is a head or neck injury.


Ear infection

Any ear infection can obstruct hearing, which increases the likelihood of developing tinnitus.


Ear conditions

A healthy individual may develop any of a number of ear illnesses, all of which can lead to hearing loss and increase the risk of developing tinnitus.


A medication's adverse reaction

Tinnitus can be brought on by some prescription and over-the-counter medicines. About 200 prescription and over-the-counter medications list tinnitus as a possible adverse effect.


Emotional stress

The amount of stress you are experiencing may be related to how you manage your tinnitus. There is a higher likelihood that you will be bothered by your tinnitus if you are under a lot of stress.

When to get checked out

If you frequently or continuously hear buzzing, ringing, or humming in your ears, you should schedule a hearing test.

We can examine your ears to determine whether the issue may be brought on by a condition that is simple to treat, like an ear infection or earwax buildup. We can also perform a few quick tests to see whether you have any hearing loss.

Book a FREE hearing test at our clinic in Willerby, West Hull. Call today on 01482 654111.

Book Your Free Hearing Test

To book an appointment to see our audiologist at our clinic in Willerby, West Hull please phone today on 01482 654111. We can also give you an instant referral to an ENT specialist if you are struggling to get an appointment with your own doctor.

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