Are you experiencing hearing buzzing, hissing and clicking sounds more often? You might already be suffering from a pulsatile tinnitus. Your friends need not worry because this disorder is not communicable. A tinnitus is not even a disease but is considered as a symptom of another complication in the ear or the brain. Symptoms may vary in degree of its severity. Some may have difficulty in carrying out their daily activities or even problems in sleeping. If you are suffering from this disorder, it is advisable to schedule a doctor consultation. To also equip you with knowledge about pulsatile tinnitus, here is some of the basic information that you may want to know.
A patient suffering from a tinnitus complains hearing buzzing, ringing, clicking, whistling, hissing which can sometimes be nerve-wracking and high-pitched sounds. Symptoms can differ depending on the type of tinnitus condition that the patient is suffering. This can be divided into the following:
- Objective tinnitus – has the symptom of hearing noises that other people could also hear. The doctor examining your ear might be able to hear that hissing sound that you are hearing. Also known as pulsatile tinnitus.
- Subjective tinnitus – is another variety of this disorder wherein other people cannot hear what you can hear.
This symptom is called pulsatile because of the rhythmical noises that a person suffering from this disorder hears. The noises it produced is similar to the beating of your pulse. Pulsatile tinnitus happens when there are changes in the flow of blood near the ear. When the blood flow is restricted it produces sounds that the patient can hear. One of the possible causes of this type of tinnitus is being constantly exposed to loud noises. Those people who are in a place or working environment, which is noisier than average, are more prone to having this disorder. Aside from this, there are other factors that may cause this symptom.
One of the factors pointed is aging. As one grows old, our nerve ending loses its retention and power especially when the person is under medication, into a lot of stress of has been in a major surgery that needs anesthesia.
Brain tumor and acoustic neuroma may also cause a patient to suffer from pulsatile tinnitus. The tumor inside the brain may prevent the blood to circulate normally and can affect the transmission of sound waves from the ear.
Tests are performed in order to diagnose what type of tinnitus you are experiencing. Initial evaluation and physical examinations are done but also expect to undergo test with the use of devices. An audiogram will be used to test your hearing ability; a CT (Computerized Tomography) scan or MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). Test with the use of these devices will surely cost you money but will also give you accurate results. A spinal tap may also be done n cases where the doctor suspects a stroke or the presence of acoustic neuroma in a patient. A spinal tap is used to measure the fluid pressure in the nervous system.
Having a tinnitus is seldom an indication of other severe medical impairment. So before it is too late, let us learn to take care of our sense of hearing and avoid losing it while we can.