We've said it before and we'll say it again: protect your ears. If you don't, you'll risk tinnitus - and that can turn out to be a lifelong struggle.
Sooner or later we've all experienced that annoying tone in one ear after you went clubbin' and was too busy shoutin' in that girl's ear hopin' she'll grant you her number than protecting your ears. That tone is a clear sign you're ears had too much to endure while you were entertaining yourself. Scared that tone might not be temporarily and you have might have tinnitus? Then watch out for these kinds of sounds:
The phantom noise(s) can differ from a low roar to a high squeal. You can hear it in both your ears, but also in only one. In some cases the sound is so severe it may actually stop you from hearing other sounds. Tinnitus can be present all the time, but it can also come and go. Want to check out what tinnitus can sound like? Thunderplugs' Quinten gives you a way here to experience the sound yourself!
It's good to know there are two different types of tinnitus:
Subjective tinnitus is tinnitus only you can hear. This is the most common type of tinnitus. It can be caused by ear problems in your outer, middle or inner ear. It also can be caused by problems with the hearing (auditory) nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound (auditory pathways).
Objective tinnitus is tinnitus your doctor can hear when he or she does an examination. This rare type of tinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel problem, a middle ear bone condition or muscle contractions.
Go see the doctor
Whatever the cause: go see a doctor if you deal with tinnitus. Especially when you have the sort of tinnitus that doesn't go away and is impossible to ignore. All jokes aside, it can really mess with the quality of life and that shouldn't be necessary. There are certain solutions to make living with this at least a bit lighter.
Make sure to see a doctor immediately if the tinnitus occurs suddenly or without an apparent cause. Also, don't wait if the tinnitus comes with hearing loss and/or dizziness.