The term Tinnitus is a label given to a condition in which noises or sounds are perceived to be heard but where there is no apparent source for that sound external to the ear.
In most cases, tinnitus symptoms are indeed phantom sounds although there is a condition known as pulsatile tinnitus where the noise heard is in fact that of sounds generated from within the body itself.
what are the symptoms of tinnitus?
For most people, the symptoms of tinnitus will be characterized by a ringing in the ears or a whistling or rushing sound.
The word tinnitus is derived from the Latin word "tinnire" which means to imitate a bell ringing.
These sounds of tinnitus can also manifest themselves as a ticking, roaring, or tapping noise. They will be different sounds to different people.
So variable are tinnitus symptoms that you may have a ringing ear or have ringing ears. The sounds of tinnitus can come and they can go and they can be of varying intensity.
They can even appear to come from somewhere deep inside the head rather than in the ear itself.
Ringing in ears and dizzy lying down
However, what most people with tinnitus symptoms will know is that they have a noise in their head that just shouldn’t be there.
Tinnitus symptoms affect most people to a greater or lesser degree at some point during their lives.
Almost everyone put in a completely silent room will hear some amount of noise within their head.
How to ease tinnitus symptoms
From my own experience, I can say absolutely that the more you think about your tinnitus symptoms the more you will focus on them. The more you focus on them the louder and more invasive they become.
For the most part, being occupied or busy takes the focus away from your symptoms of tinnitus and they fade away into the background. It is always there, but it is not an issue.
The problem comes when you don’t have something specific to think about. The sounds of tinnitus come back to visit at that point and a vicious circle starts. As soon as you start to think about your ringing ears, the ear ringing intensifies. The more it intensifies, the more you focus on it.
There is some very good news here though.
We are saying it is possible to fade out the symptoms of tinnitus by somehow taking your mind off them, and for most people that is undoubtedly the case.
That said then, we must be able to at least to some degree train our minds to not think and focus on those unwelcome sounds of tinnitus.
This is known as tinnitus retraining therapy and for many people, it provides a significant degree of tinnitus liberation.