What’s that Ringing in your Ears?
Buzzing, swishing, clicking or ringing sounds in your ears usually, points to one thing – tinnitus. The most common cause of tinnitus is prolonged exposure to loud sounds, which causes permanent damage to the cells of the cochlea, a small organ in the inner ear. Among those whose jobs put them at risk for tinnitus are pilots, rock musicians, carpenters, street repair workers, and landscapers.
While tinnitus itself isn’t an illness, it is a symptom of other conditions, including:
- Ear infections
- Hearing loss
- Wax buildup in the ear caused by an ear infection, or in rare cases, a benign tumor of the auditory nerve
- Aging, where the cochlea deteriorates over time
- Exposure to loud noise
- Trauma to the ear
- Certain medications like aspirin, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants and sedatives
- Medication conditions such as anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease, allergies, underactive thyroid gland and diabetes
- Head or neck injury
- Meniere’s disease, which targets the inner part of the ear
- Brain tumor or other tumors near the ear
Tinnitus symptoms may come and go, but if you experience this condition, it’s likely to be a recurring condition. Most people are not bothered by it, but if tinnitus is interfering with you’re ability to perform routine daily activities, schedule an evaluation with your doctor. This is especially important if the tinnitus occurs only on one side, comes on suddenly or is accompanied by hearing loss.
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