Why is there Ringing in My Ear?
Maybe it happened the day after you returned from a loud concert – an unexplained ringing sound in your ears that won’t go away.
it started after you were exposed to a sudden loud noise – a gunshot, an explosion, or even holiday fireworks.
Perhaps that ringing in your ears started when you took aspirin, antibiotics or NSAIDs like Advil or Ibuprofen.
But maybe it’s been going on for awhile, getting more or less intense at times. And maybe it’s not even a ringing, but more of a buzzing, or hissing, or humming, or whistling in your ears. Maybe it even sounds like a dull roar.
It’s exasperating, and you can’t help but ask yourself: why is there ringing in my ears?
Many people experience ringing in the ears from time to time
The annoying sounds you’re hearing a symptom of tinnitus. The good news is, it’s rarely a sign of a deeper medical problem, and it doesn’t mean you’re going deaf.
For many people tinnitus is a temporary problem. That ringing in their ears will go away a few days after the concert, or as soon as they stop taking a specific medication.
Cutting down on caffeine, alcohol, smoking and stress might help too.
Other people, however, suffer from chronic tinnitus, which is particularly widespread among musicians, current and former members of the military and police forces, and people over 50. Up to 15% of the world’s population suffers from tinnitus. Do you?
Tinnitus is connected to hearing loss in at least 90% of cases. When you’ve experienced mild to severe hearing loss, your brain is less able to hear the world around it, it begins generating its own noise to compensate.
The ringing, buzzing, hissing, or humming you are hearing is the sound of your own brain boosting its activity to make up for the loss of external sound.
What should I do about that ringing in my ears?
If your tinnitus doesn’t go away after a few days, see a hearing specialist or audiologist.
He or she can put together a program to help you, which may involve anything from relaxation techniques to a special programs of music tones that will help distract and retrain your brain. (Widex’s ZEN program, often called a ‘spa for your ears’, works well for many tinnitus sufferers.)
Don’t fall for scams that promise a cure for tinnitus in pill form. There is no known medical cure for tinnitus.
A hearing aid may provide relief from tinnitus
If you do have hearing loss, a hearing aid can help you better enjoy the world around you and help minimize the effects of tinnitus.
Hearing aids are no longer the huge, ugly devices you might have seen years ago. Most are tiny and either fit inside your ear or closely behind it. You can even get hearing aids in bright colors and accessorize them as ‘wearable tech.’
Check our Widex Store Finder to find someone who can help relieve that ringing in your ears and help you hear conversations, music and all the other good things in the world even better.
AHG Advanced Hearing Group
The statistics are alarming. According to the National Institute on Deafness, more than 36 million Americans have a hearing loss—this includes 17% of our adult population. The incidence of hearing loss increases with age.
Approximately one third of Americans between ages 65 and 74 and nearly half of those over age 75 have hearing loss (NIDCD, 2010).
Hearing loss is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing older adults (Collins, 1997).
Unfortunately, only 20% of those individuals who might benefit from treatment actually seek help.
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