There are 4 types of tinnitus; subjective, sensory, objective, and somatic.
This is the most common type of tinnitus, and it is often caused by exposure to loud noise. Subjective tinnitus is something only you can hear. It can come and go, and can vary in length and intensity. Tinnitus is bothersome for many people as the sound overtakes other important sounds in the environment, making it difficult to concentrate on what’s important. Subjective tinnitus can be treated with hearing aids alone by virtue of amplifying ambient sound or with hearing aids capable of producing a masking noise (a calming sound). The goal is to create a distraction from the ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, or other sounds experienced with this type of tinnitus.
Sensory tinnitus is a form of subjective tinnitus, sometimes referred to as neurological tinnitus. Most people who experience tinnitus, have sensory tinnitus. Sensory tinnitus is typically a side effect of an impaired, or damaged, auditory system. There is no cure for sensory tinnitus, but a tinnitus management program can help manage the tinnitus and reduce its negative effects. This tinnitus is usually caused by various disorders that affect the way the brain processes sound. You may feel and off-balance if you have sensory tinnitus. Meniere’s disease falls into this category.
This is a rare type of tinnitus. Objective tinnitus is the only type that can be heard by others, usually with a stethoscope. Objective tinnitus often moves in time with the heartbeat. It may be caused by involuntary muscle contractions or vascular deformities.
Somatic tinnitus is a type of tinnitus that is typically related to physical movement and touch. It can be caused by muscle spasms in the ear or neck. Sound therapy can be used for somatic tinnitus. Other management techniques, such as massage therapy may also be helpful. Twisting the neck can be the source of somatic tinnitus. Impacted wisdom teeth and popping of the jaw can also create this type of tinnitus.
For bothersome tinnitus we may be able to help.
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