Tinnitus Symptoms – What’s It Like to Suffer from Them?
Imagine sitting in a completely silent room and hearing strange noises coming from deep inside your ears – even though you know there is no external sound around you to cause them!
That is what millions of tinnitus sufferers deal with every single day.
In fact, lots of people describe this condition as a “phantom” problem because they know the sounds are not real, yet they can’t seem to get rid of them.
But what exactly do tinnitus symptoms sound like?
That depends on you.
Most people describe the sound as a ringing noise, but it can also sound like a buzzing, a chirping, a whooshing, or a clicking noise.
You may even hear noises that sound like the ocean, like air escaping out of a balloon, or like water running out of a faucet.
Some of the noises have a high pitch, while others have a low pitch.
Some of the noises go on constantly, while some of them only pop up at certain times. Some even coincide with your heartbeat!
You may experience the sound in one ear or both ears.
If all of that sounds annoying, you’re right!
The most annoying time of day for tinnitus symptoms to strike is at bedtime.
While the rest of the world is slumbering away, tinnitus sufferers are usually wide awake, listening to sounds that can seem deafening in the dead of night.
Making things worse, fatigue tends to make tinnitus symptoms even more severe, so when you are fighting to stay awake through that boring business meeting the next day, the ringing in your ears will probably be unbearable!
And if you think you can just down a few cups of coffee and power through your day, think again. Caffeine also tends to make tinnitus symptoms louder and stronger. So can cigarettes, lots of sugar, and alcohol.
In addition to keeping you awake at night, your tinnitus symptoms can make you feel cut off from the rest of the world.
You may find it nearly impossible to concentrate on that big project at work and miss out on that big promotion.
You may miss out on the funniest moment of your daughter’s school play and then wonder later what everyone was raving about.
You may avoid social situations altogether because you can’t hear your friends’ conversations over the noise.
As a result, it’s not uncommon for these symptoms of tinnitus to lead to stress, anxiety, and even depression because the people who suffer from them can not function like the “normal” people around them.
So, what can you do when these symptoms strike?
In most cases, the symptoms associated with tinnitus appear by themselves and are not a cause for major concern.
However, if your symptoms started after a head injury – or if they are accompanied with nausea, vomiting, or dizziness – you need to call your doctor as soon as possible to make sure your tinnitus isn’t being caused by something serious.
Based on your specific symptoms, your doctor will do a range of diagnostic and auditory testing to see if he can determine exactly what is causing your tinnitus.
Also, be prepared to list all of the medications you’re taking (including any vitamins and supplements), since any one of them could be the culprit.
Do not stop taking any of them until you talk to your doctor, though.
In the end, the two of you just might be able to come up with a plan to put a stop to your tinnitus symptoms for good!