Ringing In My Ears

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Written by Jonathan Stokell
November 3, 2022

WHY DO I HEAR RINGING IN MY EARS?

Constant ringing, buzzing or clicking in the ears without the presence of an external sound source, is a condition called tinnitus. Tinnitus can be temporary, but more than often it is permanent.

Approximately 740 million people world-wide suffer from tinnitus. Some people mistake their tinnitus as an independent problem, but is important to determine the main cause of the tinnitus. Audiologists are able to assist in identifying these causes as well as manage them.

Common causes of this condition can be:

Medication: Antidepressants, antibiotics and cancer treatments are just a few examples of medication that can cause ringing in the ears.

Blocked ears: Ear wax build-up, dirt, foreign objects or middle ear infections can cause temporary tinnitus.

Caffeine: High intakes of coffee, tea or soda drinks induces a raise in blood pressure and this might trigger tinnitus.

High levels of stress: Emotional stress can contribute to the beginning or worsening of tinnitus. This is based on studies.

TMJ (temporomandibular joint): The disk in this joint connects the bones and muscles of your jaw, allowing you to open your mouth to speak or chew. When this joint dysfunctions, tinnitus can occur, among other symptoms.

Hearing loss: Hearing loss is the most common cause of ringing in the ears. Majority of people experience tinnitus simultaneously with the onset of a hearing loss. Damaged or broken hair cells in the inner ear prevents the auditory nerve to send vibration signals to the brain. The brain produces its own sound to resolve this lack of auditory stimulation. Managing your hearing loss effectively can reduce the loudness and annoyance of your Tinnitus.

Seeking professional help for your tinnitus is imperative for your overall health and well-being. We have qualified Audiologists that are ready to assist you!

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Tinnitus has many different causes. It is important to identify these.