What Causes the Ringing Sound in My Ears?
If you experience ringing, buzzing, hissing or clicking sounds in your ears that last five minutes or longer, you are probably suffering from tinnitus. These sounds are typically caused by damage to the cochlea or inner ear. If you are suffering from tinnitus, you are not alone. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 15 percent of Americans, or more than 50 million people, experience tinnitus.
Tinnitus can be caused by exposure to loud noises, head or neck injuries, aging, wax build-up or specific medications. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of a more serious disease, so it’s important to see your doctor if you have that concern.
Is Sudden Ringing in the Ears a Serious Condition?
If you suddenly experience ringing or buzzing in one ear, along with hearing loss and/or dizziness, you should be seen immediately, as it may be a sign of something serious. For most people, however, tinnitus symptoms are minor and easily managed. After a few minutes or hours, tinnitus usually clears up without the need for medical treatment. Chronic tinnitus occurs frequently and lasts longer with each episode. The presence of tinnitus typically indicates you also have hearing loss.
How Can I Stop the Ringing Sound in My Ears?
A hearing aid will allow you to better focus on the speech or music you want to hear and help diminish the ringing or buzzing caused by tinnitus. Many hearing aids feature tinnitus-masking features which provide quiet sounds that help drown out the tinnitus. Call or text Orlando Hearing Center in Casselberry at 407-676-7997 to make an appointment with one of our hearing aid specialists today.
There are ways to manage tinnitus.
A masker provides relaxing music and pleasing sounds at low volume to reduce tinnitus and relax the listener. You can purchase a downloadable masker that will work with your smartphone or tablet and transmit to your hearing aid.
Licensed chiropractors and physical therapists can also help alleviate tension in the neck and jaw areas that can lead to and aggravate tinnitus.