Look for other symptoms and signs of TinnitusTinnitus- an early warning system for health problems

It is now recognized that Tinnitus may be an indicator of an underlying, serious, health issue. Ignoring tinnitus and treating it as little more than an irritation may be the biggest mistake you ever make. Improve your awareness of health problems that may be developing in your body with this brief overview of Tinnitus related health conditions

Do you have Tinnitus?

Hearing sounds in the head or ears, when there is no outside source of the sounds is a strong indicator for the condition known as Tinnitus. The sounds are often described and ringing or buzzing. The sounds may be happening in isolation and attributable to Common Causes or may be accompanied by other obvious or very subtle changes in the body. It is important, if you are hearing sounds – ringing, buzzing- in your ears that  you look out for early indicators of other illnesses and conditions.

5 Extra Signs and Symptoms to look for:

1. Ear Related   Watch out for ear infections or any swelling in and around the ears. Prolonged infections within the bones of the inner ear if left unnoticed and untreated may cause long term irreversible hearing loss. If you experience sudden hearing loss this is a medical emergency. Seek help immediately. Your tinnitus may be trying to tell you something!

2. Brain Related   Be skeptical of changes in sleeping patterns and the ability to concentrate. Seizures or vomiting may be an indication of an un-diagnosed brain injury. There may or may not be an associated head injury incident like a hit or a fall.The ringing in your ears may be your early warning system.

3. Nose & Throat Related  Consider extremely congested nasal passages. Long term nasal congestion will also damage the auditory structures.  Preventative measures for sinusitis or allergies are available over the counter for initial use and relief. Seek medical attention if nasal and throat symptoms persist or worsen. You may think you are being tough and “soldiering on” but your tinnitus will worsen until you listen!

4. High Blood Pressure   It is very common for high blood pressure to go unnoticed or ignored. Reluctance to use some kind of maintenance medication is very shortsighted. Elevated blood pressure is associated with damage to your arteries and veins and resultant blood flow. Elevated blood pressure is a contributing factor to a lot of life threatening conditions. If you have tinnitus, you must have your blood pressure checked. It is such an easy check and maintenance medication may save your life.

5. Poor Circulation   Arteries supply every part of your body with blood. When there is not enough blood our hands and feet may become very cold, we may develop wounds that are hard to heal, your knees and ankles may feel unstable and you may get migraines, dizziness or vertigo. If you have Tinnitus as well, get on with it, and book an appointment with your doctor.

When ringing or buzzing in your ears starts, and doesn’t seem to go away, it is exactly the time to have a think about how your body is feeling. Your tinnitus may be trying to tell you something. Please don’t ignore seemingly minor signs and symptoms. Seek medical opinion and attention.