Unless they become a problem, you may not think about your ears and how your hearing is impacting your everyday life. Tinnitus is a condition that can be debilitating, frustrating and can negatively impact your quality of life. Most of the time, tinnitus can be successfully treated. While it can’t be cured, it can be managed with the help of an audiologist.

The diagnosis of tinnitus comes with understanding the signs of it so that when you approach your audiologist, you are armed with as many possible facts that you can give them. Once you know what symptoms you should be looking out for, you can start to manage the symptoms better. So, what should you be looking for when you are concerned that you may be experiencing tinnitus?

Ringing – but not the phone

A persistent ringing sound, whether low or high, can be a sign that you are suffering from tinnitus. It can sound like someone is constantly hitting a tuning fork right inside your ear and it can either come and go or it can be a permanent sound. Tinnitus can also be experienced in just one ear rather than both.

Buzzing – but not a bee

This one is like the ringing but instead of a low or high tone, you are hearing a buzzing noise that can make you physically flinch, thinking that a bee or a wasp is near you. Some people hear the ringing, others hear the buzzing. It’s a sign of tinnitus, whether you are hearing this in one ear or not.

Clicking – but not fingers

Do you know the sound of a click-top pen? That noise is another symptom of tinnitus. An audiologist can help you to work out whether the clicking noise that you are hearing is tinnitus or something else. It can be constant, but it can also be sporadic, and once you have determined whether it’s a one-off or not, you can ensure that your explanation of your symptoms is tinnitus or not before you get to an appointment.

Hissing – but not a snake

When you are looking out for signs of tinnitus, think about the air noise you keep hearing – like the air being let out of a tire. This hissing can be low and quiet like it’s far away, or it can be loud and roaring in your ears.

Tinnitus can affect your physical and emotional health, and it can also cause social isolation and anxiety. If the symptoms and sounds that you are hearing aren’t disappearing, then you need to seek out the help of an audiologist. This can prevent you from developing depression, anxiety and all measure of illnesses that put stress on your shoulders. An audiologist can perform tests that will diagnose the issue so that you can start exploring ways to suppress the noise that you are hearing.