This is the tutorial for you. Let’s get started! Maybe turn it down a little bit though, if it’s too loud, okay? So, that ringing sound in your ears has a name: subjective tinnitus. â€œTinnitusâ€� refers to the noise. It’s usually a ringing sound, like Emma experiences, but it also can be a roar, click, hiss, or another noise. Maybe a quot;blaghghhhquot;. Probably not. But maybe. This case probably qualifies as â€œsubjectiveâ€� because only Emma can hear it, I’m guessing. Objective tinnitus, on the other hand, is a noise coming from your ear that other people can also hear.
95% of tinnitus cases are subjective tinnitus. And it’s very common. According the American Tinnitus Association, 50 million people in the U.S. have experienced it. 50 MILLION! If you’re one of those magical people who haven’t experienced it, there’s a link in the dooblydoo to a website that lets you hear some different tinnitus sounds. A number of things can cause subjective tinnitus. I’m going to go through a few common ones, but as I mentioned, you might want to give your a ring. You get it? A RING. RING! I don’t want you to worry though, so I will tell you that tinnitus can be caused by something as simple as wax in your ear.
Another cause of tinnitus is loud noises. If you’ve been exposed to loud noises consistently, that can damage your cilia, which are the cells in your inner ear. OH, CILIA! YOU’RE RINGING MY EARS was that too loud? Sorry. It’s important to not damage these because they don’t regenerate. Be sure to protect your ears, especially if your lifestyle or job involves repeated exposure to noises louder than 85 decibels. Some medications give people tinnitus, including antibiotics like aminoglycosides, which are used to treat diseases like tuberculosis. Loop diuretics, which treat things like edema.
And hypertension, also have been known to cause tinnitus. I have a theory that maybe your ears just like you and wanted to put a ring on you. Some of the other things that cause tinnitus are head trauma, anemia, cardiovascular disease, and vitamin B12 deficiency. Basically what you should take from this is that tinnitus isn’t a disease. It’s a symptom of something else. I’m sorry I couldn’t address the specific reason why YOU, Emma, have ringing in your ears, but hopefully now you understand why that’s the case. Thanks for watching Mental Floss on YouTube, which is made with the help of all these lovely.
Tinnituses. If you have a Big Question of your own that you’d like answered, leave it below in the comments. Hope to hear from you next week!.