”I can hear my heartbeat in my ear”. ”When the ringing starts, I look around for other people looking around. Then I realize- it’s only me”. If you hear sounds from inside your body rather than from the outside, it might be tinnitus.
For people with multiple sclerosis (MS), tinnitus might occur because the nerve damage disturbs the electrical signals from the ears to the brain.
Although people usually describe the sounds they hear as ringing, there may be other abnormal sounds like roaring, humming, or buzzing. The sound can be steady or fluctuating, occur in one or both ears, and sometimes, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, or vertigo. You should inform your healthcare team if you experience any of these symptoms. They might refer you to a specialist for further diagnostic tests. Your doctor might suggest using a hearing aid since tinnitus is more noticeable with hearing loss.
Since stress and anxiety can exacerbate tinnitus, you might want to practice some relaxation techniques. If you have vertigo, a physical therapist can teach you special exercises to help you deal with spinning and wooziness sensations. Your doctor can prescribe medications, a combination of drugs, and dietary supplements. Alcohol and caffeine can make tinnitus worse. Some people find that background noises such as soft music, breaking waves, birdsong, or white sound in a low volume make it easier to sleep or relax.