What Are the 5 Types of Tinnitus?

When it comes to health, all of us live with our own individual circumstances, and whereas one illness could be a lot for one person, it can rather mild for the next. This is why it’s so important to learn all about the different levels to see whether you’re affected and have options to make your life better.

This is especially crucial when it comes to our hearing, in particular, those of us suffering from Tinnitus. Tinnitus can come in all different forms, and today I’m going to explore the five types to help you identify which is most like yours.

1. Neurological Tinnitus

The first type of tinnitus I’m exploring today stems from the brain, and is usually linked with a neurological disorder and can be known as a side effect. This can happen with some learning disabilities or another condition that has affected the brain’s methods for handling auditory commands.

This kind of tinnitus can also be an early sign of CNS disease, which is why seeking a professional opinion is always recommended.

2. Subjective Tinnitus

Renowned for being the most common form of tinnitus, subjective tinnitus can come and go throughout someone’s lifetime, and the symptoms can vary in intensity. They could last several weeks up to a year, but can sometimes never stop, and will need to be treated.

Of course, treatment will need to be prescribed on an individual basis, but one of the most common ways to deal with the condition is to get and install small but mighty hearing aids from Miracle-Ear that can help reduce symptoms while improving overall quality of life.

3. Low-Frequency Tinnitus

The most unidentifiable of most versions of tinnitus, this refers to the type which mimics and low rumbling sound, like the lower end of a piano. It’s hard for the hearer to know whether they can hear this sound or whether it’s being produced inside their head, which leaves many people not seeking help.

The sound heard can also come in many different forms, including murmuring, rumbling, droning, humming, or a constant tone.

4. Somatic Tinnitus

This is a condition that refers to the entire body’s sensory system, which can include all senses such as touch, smell, taste, and vision. Tinnitus can be an auditory condition and symptom of this, and a specialist will need to be seen if the symptoms last longer than several weeks.

5. Musical Tinnitus

While uncommon, musical tinnitus is a strange variation of the condition, also known as musical hallucinations. This is where the sounds of tinnitus come together to create melodies and sounds that sound like music, despite music not being played. This can be treated depending on how extreme it is, but it can be a passing condition.

As you can see, there are plenty of different types of tinnitus out there, but this is only scratching the surface as the condition can vary so wildly. For the most accurate result, if you feel you are suffering from tinnitus symptoms, make sure you seek medical assistance from a professional as soon as possible.

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  1. Ula, also be aware that some medications can either worsen or cause tinnitus—-

    Antibiotics—chloramphenicol,bleomycin,erythromycin,tetracycline—usually from long-term or high-dose therapy
    ASA(aspirin)—in large doses
    NSAIDS(non-steroidal anti-inflammatory—ex.Advil,Motrin,etc)–in toxic doses
    Antidepressants–worsen tinnitus
    Diuretics–only in high-dose IV therapy

      1. You are welcome. It is always good policy to consult with your doctor and pharmacist regarding medication side effectsand reactions.

  2. I have tinnitus and have had it for years. In the ear with tinnitus, I am mostly deaf, which could be built up earwax. I should really get that ear cleaned out professionally. Because I sleep with earplugs every night, I think that it could be worsening the symptoms. Do you happen to know any treatments or “cures” for tinnitus? I haven’t been able to find anything on the internet. 😓

    1. Unfortunately, no and I’m sorry to hear that… I hope it will get better 🙂🌼

      1. It’s only gotten worse over the years. I could try to remove the earwax with olive oil. Stores sell it with the syringe. In the past, I have tried it and might try it again since it’s pretty bad these days. Thanks for your well wishes. For all those tinnitus sufferers out there, I feel ya. 😢

      2. Yes, olive oil is good. Also, do some research on ear candle. I did it already twice for my husband and myself.

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