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From Hiccups to Tinnitus – The Theories behind the Conditions

Author: Heather Brown
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Just when you think you have your body all figured out, it does some things that throw you for a loop. If ever you have found yourself wondering what hiccups are and why you seem to have a ringing in your ears that never goes away, below are some conditions and explanations that will astound you. The human body, for the most part, is the most efficient machine you can find but it does have some quirks that it developed along the way. Check them out and you will be amazed.

What is that Ringing in Your Ears?

That ringing sound you hear even when there is no actual ringing is the effect of tinnitus. This is a medical condition that is characterized by a ringing or a swishing sound that originates from the ear area. It is not life- threatening but it can become very annoying.

There are many ways you can develop tinnitus and some of the culprits are age-related hearing loss, objects in the ear, foreign objects in the ear, and circulation problems. Tinnitus can be subjective meaning it is just the patient that hears the ringing while objective tinnitus means even the doctor can hear the ringing.

The Bane of Hiccups

Hiccups can be a minor annoyance or a major problem especially if you get them at inopportune times and cannot get rid of them. Hiccups, also known as singultus, happen when the diaphragm contracts involuntarily at the same as a contraction in the voice box and a closure of the glottis; this blocks the intake of air.

The real kicker here is that scientists do not yet know why hiccups really occur although most of them agree that the condition may be brought about by minor stomach problems while others say hiccups are psychological. That might explain why some people get the hiccups before taking the stage or performing some other important task that makes them nervous.

Rapid Eye Twitches

The twitching of eyelids is pretty common and not really fatal but it can be alarming and very annoying. Some twitches last for a few seconds while in some people, they last for months. There are many reasons why your eyes may start to twitch and some reasons are:

•  Caffeine
•  Stress
•  Alcohol
•  Dry eyes
•  Tiredness
•  Nutritional imbalances

Again, it is not fatal and is rarely a sign of a more serious eye disease. However, it is a hard condition to treat since you first have to pinpoint the cause.



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