Types of Tinnitus

Subjective and objective tinnitus

Tinnitus is most commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears”, but the sound can actually be described in many different ways: hissing, screeching, whooshing, pulsing, or buzzing.  Tinnitus is quite common, affecting almost 15% of adults.

There are two types of tinnitus: subjective tinnitus, the most common type, and objective tinnitus, which is much rarer.

Subjective tinnitus

Causes and symptoms

This type of tinnitus can only be heard by the person who experiences it and can be either temporary or chronic. The sensation of sound may be perceived in one ear, both ears, or just outside the head. The sound may always be the same, or it could be multiple sounds that are always changing. This is the most common type of tinnitus.

Objective tinnitus

Causes and symptoms

This type of tinnitus is heard not only by the person experiencing it, but it can also be detected by someone else. It is commonly heard as a regular pulsing noise, in rhythm with the person’s blood flow or pulse near the ear tissue.

Luckily, there are several treatment options for managing your tinnitus, including hearing aids. If you think you suffer from tinnitus, schedule an appointment at your nearest Miracle-Ear location today.

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