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What causes the noise in my ears ?



Dear Sandra,

Tinnitus is a ringing, swishing, or other type of noise that seems to originate in the ear or head. In many cases it is not a serious problem, but rather a nuisance that eventually resolves.

It is not a single disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition.We are usually not aware of these normal body sounds, because outside noise masks them. It is not known exactly what causes a person to "hear" sounds with no outside source of the noise.

Tinnitus results from temporary or permanent damage to the microscopic endings of the nerves in the inner ear.

Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of things, ranging from extremely minor and temporary causes to being an indication of a much more serious condition.

Common causes of tinnitus include:

-A small plug of wax lodged in the ear canal
-Middle ear infection
-Advancing age
-Exposure to loud noises
-High or low blood pressure
-Certain medications
-More than 200 medicines can cause tinnitus
-Injury to the head or neck
-Brain tumor
-A tumor
-Thyroid problems
-Stereo headsets
-Problems in the heart and blood vessels
-Aging (Presbycusis)
-Ear trauma (such as from the noise of planes, firearms, or loud music)
-Rarely, aneurysm or an acoustic neuroma (a benign tumor on the acoustic nerve).
-Alcohol, caffeine, antibiotics, aspirin.
-Infections such as an inflammation of the middle ear (otitis media), or inflammation of the internal ear (labrynthitis), eustachian tube obstruction or noise-induced hearing loss.
-Meniere's syndrome
-Fluid, infection, or disease of the middle ear bones or ear drum (tympanic membrane) can also cause tinnitus

In some cases a mechanical sound source, such as a damaged artery or other blood vessel disorder, can be identified and treated, but for most forms of tinnitus there is little effective treatment.

By boosting your immune system the levels of your tinnitus can be reduced.Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you. Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. By relaxing, you have a chance to rest and better deal with the sound.

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