If a person suffers from ringing in just one ear that can either stop and start at regular intervals or continue nonstop, it is likely they are suffering from a form of tinnitus.
The ringing sound can resemble a roar, whine, buzz, squeal, click, hiss or hum and can affect one ear or both.
Sometimes tinnitus is harsh enough to interfere with day to day activities. This means the disorder can be so distracting that patients can’t hear, work or even sleep. Recent studies also found that if a specific part of the brain is affected by tinnitus it can affect the ear and patient hears a ringing sound in one ear or in both.
Via positron-emission tomography (PET), researchers were able to detect the changes in the auditory cortex, a part of brain that processes sound, on the reverse side of the brain from the tinnitus. They also suggest that tinnitus is initiated by brain activity instead of the ear.
Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus
If you have ringing in one ear only, then you more than likely have the condition known as Unilateral Tinnitus. This form of tinnitus affects only one ear. If the ringing is accompanied by a pulsating noise or a thumping sound that is in rhythm with the heartbeat, it means you have unilateral pulsatile tinnitus.
Unilateral Pulsatile Tinnitus usually affects only one ear and an individual will normally hear pulsating noises, such as whooshing, buzzing, ringing, popping etc. These sounds are usually in unison with heart beat. People suffering from this disorder could hear the resonance of their pulse or heartbeat that causes pulsating sounds in their ear.
There are two different categories relevant to ringing in ear symptoms that are:
- Objective Tinnitus
- Subjective Tinnitus
The Objective tinnitus is where a doctor can actually hear the sounds. For subjective tinnitus, the patient alone can hear the ringing sounds.
Associated Conditions with Ringing Ears
Although Pulsatile Tinnitus is a bit uncommon, it can be linked with serious ailments, such as middle ear effusion. This ailment specially affects middle aged people. When the Eustachian tubes become inflamed, it causes excessive fluid which collects in the middle ear and causes infection as well as ringing sounds.
The Atherosclerotic Carotid Artery Disease can also be a reason of uneven blood circulation towards the head and neck region creating pulsating noises in the inner ear. It’s largely affects old patients suffering diabetes and high blood pressure. Meniere’s disease is also a common cause of tinnitus.
Managing Your Ringing Ear
Unfortunately, there is no miracle drug or over the counter medication to treat this mind boggling ringing, however there are many products in the market which you can consider to resolve the issue.
Products such as herbal remedies and homeopathy programs which appear to be effective ways to reduce the ringing in your ears. You may investigate with an otolaryngologist or audiologists who will help you to learn cope better with this disorder.