Tinnitus is noise that originates within the ear rather than from the outside environment. This may affect one or both ears. The sounds have been described mainly as a "ringing" sound, a "buzzing" sound, a "humming noise, "like running water", a "whistling" sound or like the "sound from a seashell held close to the ear."
Common types of tinnitus:
- Tonal tinnitus is often called "ringing in the ears." This type of tinnitus produces a continuous sound, like a single note playing over and over.
- Pulsatile tinnitus, in which the tinnitus sounds are intermittent, continuous, or pulsating in time with the heartbeat.
- Tinnitus in which the sound is a ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistling, or hissing noise.
- Less common tinnitus, in which the sounds are described as beeping, Morse code type of signals, or even a musical notes.
- Less common still is tinnitus experienced as several different types of noises at the same time.
In a rare, unusual type of tinnitus, known as "objective tinnitus," the noise is heard not only by the affected individual but also by others.Other Symptoms Associated with Tinnitus- In addition to the noises associated with tinnitus, certain other symptoms may accompany this condition. These include:
- Pain in the ear
- A sense of fullness in the ears