Tinnitus is a loud ringing in the ears or head and can range in severity. Some sufferers only hear the noise in one ear, some both. The noise has nothing to do with any outside sources and comes completely from within the body. There isn’t one sound that all sufferers can hear. Some describe it as loud ringing in the ears, buzzing, humming, whistling or music. The sound is most noticeable in quiet environments when there is no background noise to act as a distraction.
There are different types of tinnitus, including temporary tinnitus and pulsatile tinnitus. Temporary tinnitus can be caused by a cold due to blocked sinuses. Pulsatile Tinnitus is when the noise they hear beats in time with their pulse. However, tinnitus is usually a lasting illness and is common with those who have been exposed to prolonged exposure to a loud noise. This is usually those who have worked with loud machinery for a number of years.
There is no cure for tinnitus meaning the sufferer has to have daily treatment to minimise the symptoms. This can cause the person to suffer from side effects due to the affect it has on their daily life. They may not be able to work due to the affect it has on concentration levels. People suffering from tinnitus have been noted to suffer from sleeping problems and eventually depression, causing problems and strain on personal relationships.