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Ear Ringing / Tinnitus Relief

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

What are effective and inconspicuous ways to prevent ear ringing (tinnitus) caused by loud music (such as dance clubs)?

Many ear plug these days come in various flesh shades or are translucent and inconspicuous. Look for something called "musician's earplugs" - some can be custom fit. Cotton wool, tissues or foam plugs - as well as being very noticeable - are NOT effective.

From the BTA leaflet Noise and the Ear

Nowhere does the old adage of ‘Prevention is better than a cure’ apply more than to noise damage to the ear. This is especially true as there is no cure as such; once the damage has been done, it is permanent. In reality the equal energy principle probably slightly underestimates the durability of the human ear. This means that the ear can probably stand relatively high noise levels for a period of 2-3 hours provided it doesn’t have to do so too often. Once or twice a week in a loud club is probably reasonable; every night is not and is likely to lead to problems. If you are going to be exposed to high noise levels on a regular basis then you should use earplugs. People often worry that this might spoil their enjoyment of the music but in fact the research evidence suggests that if the noise levels are very high, then in fact you may hear things better with the earplugs in! The scientific basis for this is that in very high noise levels, the ear becomes ‘saturated’ with sound. If you block some of the sound out, then the ear is no longer ‘saturated’ and some of the receptors are ‘freed-up’ to listen to other things.

Try to take ‘time-out’. Take a few minutes in every hour when you try and go somewhere quiet, to literally give your ears a ‘rest’.

Also important is to keep well hydrated. People often sweat in clubs and at parties and dehydration is not good for inner-ear function. So make sure you take plenty of fluids. And avoid too much alcohol in a noisy environment as this causes a specific fluid shift out of the inner ear which also causes problems and predisposes to damage. (It also explains why people often feel quite dizzy if they have drunk too much as the same process affects the fluid in the balance-controlling, semi-circular canals of the inner-ear.) Finally, it is worth remembering that as we get older, everyone’s ears and hearing deteriorate. This can add to a mild (and previously un-noticed) hearing loss picked up when younger. This can mean the appearance of a hearing problem much sooner in later life than normal and may be a real nuisance.

Your ears need to last a lifetime – look after them and they will!!

 

What causes the ringing in your ear?

It must be diagnosed by medics. But I think its called tinnitus. The causes can be chemicals due to your daily diet or physical due to and accident, disease or when you were born.

 

What is the science behind a ringing ear?

Ringing in the ears is referred to as tinnitus. Sometimes tinnitus is due to an underlying medical condition such as hypothyroid or Meniere's disease. Mostly though it is due to noise induced hearing loss. Excess noise damages the hair cells in the cochlea. These cells are responsible for converting vibrational sound into electrical signals that travel to the brain.

 

Ear ringing from ear wax?

When you hear the ringing in your head it’s the type of the tinnitus in which blood blockage to the auditory nerve due to turbulent flow. For this don’t use any ear drops are olive oil. For this solution use properly vitamin which are help full in the tinnitus and take some exercise to expand the blood flow to the auditory canal.

 

Why are my ears ringing? Is there a cure for it?

Tinnitus is the term for noises heard ‘in the ear or ears’ or ‘in the head’ when no obvious source of sound is apparent. The noises are usually described as ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing or humming. Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness, it is a non-specific symptom, that can be brought on by a mental or physical ‘change’, not necessarily related to hearing. In a mild form, tinnitus is extremely common. Almost everyone gets the occasional ringing in the ears, either without any clear trigger or after exposure to loud sounds, be it at work or socially. About 10% of us experience tinnitus frequently and approximately 5% of the adult population in the UK experience persistent or troublesome tinnitus.

Tinnitus may start suddenly or have a more gradual onset. Due to the non-specificity of the symptom the start may be related to mental or physical changes in relation to retirement, being made redundant, having concerns about your own health, or that of a close relative. It may be related to the discomfort of having your ears syringed or attending noisy night clubs or pop concerts. Tinnitus could also be related to perceived changes in hearing. Most sufferers become aware of the tinnitus in a quiet environment. Fortunately, tinnitus is rarely an indication of a serious disorder and a doctor will be able to check against this possibility. Some medicines can have tinnitus as a temporary side-effect, the most common being aspirin, but usually only when taken in high doses. The low dosage prescribed for heart problems is unlikely to have any effect. If you think a prescribed medication may be causing or aggravating your tinnitus, ask your doctor about it. As it is the brain we hear with, it is not surprising that the brain is central to both the perception of and our reaction to the tinnitus signal. So the brain is also central to the successful management of tinnitus.

 

Tinnitus: What kinds of treatment are available for ringing of the inner ear?

It depends on the cause. Vascular problems can be fixed. If it's allergic reaction to something (usually medication), stay away from the allergin. If it's due to cilia in your inner ear having been killed by loud noise, if time doesn't bring back some of your hearing, there's nothing you can do but see a good audiologist and get the best hearing aids you can for your level of deafness. (If you have to go that route, and you use a cellphone, make sure the aids have at least one with Bluetooth or a telephone coil, so you can still use the phone normally.) What is the best remedy for ringing in the ears?

Tinitus, the best remedy is patience. Your brain will eventually tune it out. Unless the causes for it are treatable, which in most cases aren't. In my case, it happened after a motorcycle accident. I thought it would go away, it didn't, and I was really getting exasperated for several weeks. Then I researched it, and got the bad news. The one thing to do though, is to seek medical advise just to make sure it's not a symptom of, say, high blood pressure, etc...

After a few weeks, you most likely will not notice, but this happens eventually. And then, when it happens, you can still hear it, but with some effort on your part. Is like asking your brain that you'd like to hear the sound again, the brain will most likely comply for a few seconds and then back to (almost) normal.

 

What could be causing the ringing in my ears?

Ringing and buzzing are some of the symptoms in Neurology that can mean the most number of different diagnoses. Some information could be helpful, like if there is associated vertigo, if you have been noticing hearing loss, other signs of cranial nerve impairment, if it's just one ear or it comes from everywhere, headache, pulsating sounds, so on.

Possible diagnoses can be found just by googling, so I think it's not necessary to enumerate them here.

The echoes you describe are very strange though, and the lightheadeadness is likewise a bit atypical ... If you have any feelings that serve as warnings that the symptoms are about to happen, if the hearing abnormalities vary in other ways instead of just being the same sound always, and there are feelings of vertigo in the vertical orientation, speech abnormalities, visual abnormalities, involuntary movements, these would suggest some kind of epilepsy. I assume you don't have any of these symptoms, otherwise you would have mentioned them. It would still be a possibility though.

In the end what I have to tell is this: there are loads of possible causes. Some questions have to be answered. A full neurological examination searching for any other abnormalities, which sometimes may be hard to notice, is necessary, and some complementary exams may be necessary, depending on the main suspicion. Make an appointment with a neurologist.