Reasons Your Ears May Ring
Ringing in the ears can be uncomfortable. While sometimes it can be due to a temporary condition like exposure to loud noises or illness, other times ringing in the ears is the sign of a more severe ailment. Here are a few reasons why you may be experiencing ringing in the ears.
The medical term for ear ringing is tinnitus. Tinnitus is a condition that causes a person to experience ringing or high-pitched sounds in the ear. Tinnitus can be the result of prolonged exposure to loud music, too much wax in the ear, and ear infections. Though it is a symptom of hearing loss, it is not life-threatening or serious.
There are some serious medical conditions that cause ear ringing. Otosclerosis is an inherited disease that causes abnormal growth of the bone in the middle ear, and it is known to cause hearing loss. A ruptured eardrum is another cause of tinnitus and abnormal ear pain. Acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous tumor that grows on the nerve that is responsible for sending audio signals to the brain. Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis have the similar symptom of inflammation of the vestibular system. Permanent hearing loss and ringing of the ear are both caused by Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis.
There are a few medications, such as antibiotics, that may make your ears ring. If you just started a new medication and your ears are ringing, speak to your doctor about your dosage or switching medications. If you are not sure why your ears are ringing it is a good idea to get a medical exam and get a professional opinion.
Seek Medical Attention
When should you seek medical help? If your ears are ringing for a prolonged period of time, you should consider seeking medical attention. If you have some jaw pain and experience ringing in the ear, then you should see a dentist because you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder.
Sometimes ringing in the ear is not part of an underlying condition and will go away on its own. Other times, it can be a symptom of a more serious ailment. To learn more about what is causing the ringing in your ears, contact us today.