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What Really Causes Tinnitus?

Written on:April 10, 2010
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Have a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound in your ears? There’s an good chance you have tinnitus. The positive thing about tinnitus is that you don’t have to “just put up with it”. There are numerous ways to treat your tinnitus before it grows worse. It is just a matter of determining the causes and the most effective treatments address how you got tinnitus in the first place.

First of all, find the root cause of the ringing in your ears. Getting a thorough exam by a medical professional is the first course of action to take. Ringing the ears can be an early indicator of several serious conditions and they should be ruled out before you decide you merely have tinnitus.

The causes of tinnitus can be many. Cochlea damage through an impact to the head, illness or noise damage can all contribute to the development of chronic tinnitus. Noise damage can come in the forms of MP3 players (think iPod) turned up too loudly, frequent attendance at music concerts without hearing protection, explosions (such as experienced by soldiers in combat), industrial noises (jack hammers and other construction equipment). All of these can contribute to cause a case of tinnitus.

Another cause of tinnitus of stress. Commonly 1 in 10 tinnitus sufferers will find the ringing or buzzing their ears is simply caused by stress in their lives. In the most serious cases, the hearing loss may be so chronic it can be permanent. The hypothalamus is radically affected by stress, especially when it the stress is long-term. If you notice when you’re undergoing a particularly stressful situation and you find that the ringing of the ears starts, your tinnitus could very well be stress related.

Cochlea damage can occur in many ways. Among them are ear wax removal that was too rough, a side effect from ear or nasal procedures or a closed head injury are just a few of the ways. Sinus infections if left untreated can cause tinnitus. If you are experiencing a ringing in your ears and have not been exposed to loud noises, consider carefully these other factors to see if they apply to your situation.

Tinnitus can also be a side effect. Certain medications or combinations of medications can interact and produce tinnitus in some individuals. Meniere’s Disease commonly causes tinnitus as it is one of the hallmark symptoms of this condition. Meniere’s Disease is a disorder in the inner ear and along with the ringing and buzzing; causes dizziness, vertigo, ear pressure, tinnitus and nausea.

Tinnitus can be caused in a lot of ways. Finding out the factor or factors that caused tinnitus will put you on the road to recovery from tinnitus. If you are experiencing ringing, buzzing or other symptoms of tinnitus, make an appointment with your primary care professional to get a thorough exam to rule out any outside causes for your hearing loss and then you can go forth and control, if not cure your tinnitus.

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