You may have been experiencing ringing in your ears lately, a characteristic of tinnitus symptoms. Tinnitus is more common than you think, with over 50 million of citizens in the United States experiencing it.
Tinnitus is a condition where an individual hears noises in their ear that no one else can hear. Tinnitus is not usually harmful, but it can be irritable to the person who is experiencing it. It is often a symptom of some other underlying medical or health condition that a physician should examine.
6 Tinnitus symptoms you should look out for
1. Ringing in the ears (can sound like swishing). This ringing can be more pronounced in a quiet environment. This symptom is the most common.
2. Rhythmic pulsing in the ear(s). This pulsing usually syncs with your heartbeat, but can range from 60-200 beats per minute. This symptom is rarer.
3. A continuous sound (can sound like buzzing or humming).
4. The symptom you are experiencing can either come in short intervals or you may hear a continuous noise.
5. The sound you can hear can either be hardly noticeable, like a quiet murmur or loud and distracting
6. The sound you experience can range in pitch
There are 2 types of tinnitus symptoms you can experience: pulsatile and tinnitus. It is easy to differentiate between the two by looking at the symptoms.
If you are experiencing pulsatile tinnitus, you will hear the rhythmic pulsing in your ear. This pulsing usually is repetitive and syncs in your ear. This condition is more rare, with only 3% of individuals experiencing tinnitus have pulsatile tinnitus.
Continuous tinnitus is characterized by hearing noises that are not rhythmic and pulsing. It is possible to have both continuous and pulsatile tinnitus at the same time. Usually, those who are experiencing both conditions find pulsatile to be more bothersome.
An important thing to realize is that not everyone hears the same noise. The most common symptoms is hearing a ringing noise in your ear. Some people may hear a low-pitched booming or a high-pitch frequency. Some noises are hardly noticeable for people unless in a quiet environment, whereas some other people can find their tinnitus to be loud and disruptive in all settings.
If you are experiencing either pulsatile or continuous tinnitus symptoms, it is very important to not overlook it because it usually is an underlying symptom of some other health or medical condition.