Most everyone has at some point heard a buzzing, chirping, or humming in their ear. This weird sound might have lasted for a few seconds and then it was gone again. However, for some people this sound stays.
The scientific name given to this obnoxious noise is tinnitus. Often, when a person first has tinnitus, they simply try to ignore the sound. However, over time, it often becomes louder and louder until ignoring it simply is not an option any more.
If this is the case for you, you should absolutely go and see a doctor. This is imperative. Generally, tinnitus is distinguished between two different kinds: Pulsatile tinnitus and nonpulsatile tinnitus. The former is the result of muscle movement near the ear and sounds like a heartbeat.
Nonpulsatile is caused by issues with aural nerves. You may hear ringing or other high pitched sounds coming from inside your head.
The real question for suffers of tinnitus is “Should I see a doctor?” You should seek medical attention or see a doctor for tinnitus if you have a severe headache, vision problems, or loss or coordination or vertigo that prevents you from standing up or walking.
In dramatic cases, a trip to the emergency room can also be justified: This is recommended if you find yourself throwing up a lot or having signs of a stroke. Your doctor will then ask you several questions that might shed light on your problem.
You should be prepared to answer if you’ve recently had a head injury or other nerve damage. You should know whether or not you’ve have an injury to your ear, or whether you think your tinnitus is caused by taking a particular medication.
Two more important things for your doctor to know are whether you are currently having dental problems (this can impact tinnitus) and, of course, for how long you have had tinnitus.
If you can supply your doctor with detailed answers to these questions it will be very helpful.