Ringing in the Ear

At some point most of us have experienced a temporary ringing sound in the ear, but for some people the sound in continuous. When ringing in the ear will not go away it is known as tinnitus. The sound is sometimes more like a roar, hum, or buzz, but is only something the person suffering from tinnitus can hear and is not related to any environmental noise.

There are several potential causes of tinnitus, including:

  • Muscle movement or blood flow near the ear (usually related to pulsatile tinnitus)
  • Problems in the nerves related to hearing (usually related to non-pulsatile tinnitus)
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Acoustic trauma
  • Earwax buildup
  • Medication
  • Excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol
  • Ear infection
  • Ear drum rupture
  • Dental problems, especially TMJ
  • Surgery or radiation injuries
  • Excessive dieting
  • Repetitive exercise
  • Migraines
  • Diseases, such as anemia, acoustic neuroma, thyroid disease, and a variety of other conditions

Treatment for tinnitus varies depending on the cause. In some cases the ringing clears up on its own. Even in cases when tinnitus cannot be cured, a doctor can help you manage the symptoms and prevent them from interfering with daily life