Tinnitus is hearing a noise that isn’t present. Often called a “phantom noise“, this could be a symptom of an underlying condition. Usually, this isn’t a sign of anything serious, but it could worsen with age. In many cases, treatment of tinnitus involves addressing the underlying condition.
There are a number of types of tinnitus. Treatment for tinnitus will depend on what type you have.
This is the most common type of tinnitus, and this is caused by exposure to loud noises. This is something that could come and go, or vary in length and intensity. It could also cause inconvenience because it makes hearing anything that isn’t the phantom noise a struggle.
This is a sub-type of subjective tinnitus. It is a side effect of an impairment in the auditory system, and there’s no known cure for it. However, there are management programs available for this condition and hearing aids that would mask the noises.
This is related to muscle spasms or physical movement in the ear, jaw, or neck. Sound therapy and massage therapy are useful for this kind.
This is the rarest type and the only type that can be heard by outside observers through a stethoscope. This type of tinnitus is caused by cardiovascular disorders.