What Causes Ringing in the Ears?

Ringing in the EarsThe curious problem of ringing in the ears—known medically as tinnitus—occurs when an individual hears audible ringing noises despite the fact that there is no external sound. Its cause is not always clear, although a few of the most well-known factors behind ringing in the ears include:

  • Head or neck injuries
  • Damage to parts of the middle or inner ear
  • Frequent exposure to very loud noise
  • Age- or sound-related hearing loss
  • Ear infections
  • Ear wax build-up
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
  • Medications, including higher doses of certain NSAIDs, antidepressants, cancer-fighting drugs, and antibiotics

Other Signs of Tinnitus

Tinnitus isn’t just associated with ringing in the ears. Affected individuals may also hear noises that can be described as:

  • Static
  • Whistling
  • Buzzing
  • Clicking
  • Hissing
  • Humming
  • Roaring

For some, persistent tinnitus may contribute to depression, anxiety, trouble sleeping, headaches, and even memory problems. If you develop ringing in your ears, be sure to consult with a medical professional who can diagnose its cause and provide appropriate treatment.

Find Relief From Ringing in the Ears

Residents of Wesley Chapel, Trinity, and surrounding communities in Florida can turn to Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat for specialized tinnitus treatment. Our ENT doctors work with patients to identify the source of ringing in the ears, suggest ways to reduce symptoms, and address underlying conditions that are related to ear health—such as Meniere’s disease and hearing loss.

Relief from ringing in the ears is closer than you may think! Contact Scotch Institute of Ear Nose & Throat today to schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment. Our team is here to answer any questions you may have.