Ringing Sound: What Does It Mean For The Ears

Hearing issues can be of many types, and sometimes one can hear a constant ringing sound, known as tinnitus.

Varun Verma
Written by: Varun VermaUpdated at: Dec 26, 2022 12:10 IST
Ringing Sound: What Does It Mean For The Ears

Hearing issues can be of many types, and sometimes one can listen to a constant ringing sound. Along with ringing, you can also hear sounds like buzzing, clicking, hissing, whistling and roaring. If you experience these kinds of sounds, you can visit a doctor, who will most probably diagnose this as tinnitus. This is not a condition but a symptom of other medical conditions. Tinnitus can appear on its own or can be led by different issues and can be objective and subjective both.

Causes of Tinnitus

Commonly, tinnitus happens when your inner ear gets damaged. This can happen due to various reasons, including the weakening of the bones that help in the transmission of sound waves. This usually happens to older people, but younger people can also develop it. This can occur either in one or both ears.

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Health Conditions Causing Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be caused by ear infections, earwax that has impacted your inner ear, muscle spasm in the middle ear, thyroid issues, Meniere’s disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, head and neck traumas, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders

Other Causes

Other than these causes, certain medications can also lead to tinnitus. Prolonged exposure to loud noises can also cause ringing sounds in your ears. This is more common in individuals who work in sectors accompanied by loud noises. 

Role of Stress In Tinnitus

Although tinnitus can be frustrating and interferes with sound around you, adding more to the problem, when you are stressed and anxious, tinnitus can aggravate, making things worse.

Prevention Measures Of Tinnitus

    • Limit your exposure to loud noises.
    • Ensure you are using a music device at safe decibel limits.
    • When you are surrounded by loud noises, such as at construction sites, cover your ears with earmuffs.
    • Visit an ENT specialist regularly, who will help you manage the issue and prevent its complication.

Treatment Options

Once you visit an ENT specialist, he will diagnose the underlying problem that is causing a ringing sound in your ear. If tinnitus is caused by earwax, your doctor will remove it and restore your hearing. In cases when certain medications are causing tinnitus, the doctor might switch them to other medicines.

Can lifestyle Changes Help?

Since stress and anxiety also own some stake in tinnitus, improving your lifestyle and working to manage these issues can help lessen the impact of tinnitus. However, they do not cause tinnitus but can worsen it. Consider going to therapy sessions if you are experiencing difficulties in relieving stress. Indulge in some hobby that can help you relieve stress.

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