Tinnitus is a constant hearing of ringing or noise. Affecting about 20% of people, this condition is often more of a symptom of another condition, such as hearing loss, circulatory disorders, or even ear injury. It is part of the body’s alert system informing people of another health issue.
If you have ever been in an extremely quiet place, but yet still heard a constant sound, there is a chance you may have tinnitus. Many people have found that working under loud conditions, age, and post traumatic stress disorders have contributed to their hearing loss. The most common sounds hearing in individuals with tinnitus are ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, and clicking.
Two Forms of Tinnitus
There are two main forms of tinnitus:
- Subject: With this condition, the patient is the only person that can hear his or her condition. It is usually caused by problems of the outer or inner ear or damage to the auditory nerves. This is also the most common form of tinnitus.
- Objective: Surprisingly, this type of tinnitus can be heard by your physician during treatment. Although rare, this type of tinnitus may involve problems in the inner ear, muscles, or blood vessels.
- Treatments will depend on the form of tinnitus and the severity of the condition. The type of sounds may also indicate the kind of problem the patient has and potential treatment options.
If you or someone you know is the victim of tinnitus from a work-related injury or due to constant use of a defective product or service, contact the Indianapolis personal injury lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at (317) 634-8565 today.