San Pedro Physicians on Tinnitus (Ringing of the Ears)

Tinnitus is described as a bothersome sound or ringing in the ears that affect about 20% of the population. Tinnitus isn’t actually a disorder itself, only an indication of something else going on like hearing loss, injury to the ear or a circulatory system disorder. Although tinnitus is annoying, it usually isn’t a sign of something more serious and can come and go, or be present all of the time. Oftentimes, tinnitus affects a person’s ability to concentrate or ability to hear external sounds. Some of the symptoms of tinnitus (noises in the ears) can include:

§  Ringing and/or buzzing
§  Clicking noises or roaring sounds
§  Hissing sounds or whistling

The two types of tinnitus are: subjective tinnitus and objective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is the most common form and only the patient can hear the sound. Subjective tinnitus is usually caused by problems within the outer, middle or inner ear, by the auditory nerves or even in the part of the brain that interprets nerve signals as sound. Objective tinnitus can be heard by a physician while they are examining a patient. Although rare, it may be caused by a blood vessel problem, an inner ear bone condition or muscle contractions.

If you or a loved are suffering from tinnitus, call PrimeMedical at 310-548-0201 and let our Primary Care Physicians help you today!

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