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The Hidden Risk Factors Associated with that Annoying Ringing In Your Ear

The Hidden Risk Factors Associated with that Annoying Ringing In Your Ear

Have you noticed a buzzing in your ears, even after you turn off your loud music? Do you have difficulty hearing when there are a few different noises going on? Do you occasionally think that a phone is ringing or an alarm is going off, but it isn’t? Are you constantly asking others to turn down the TV or stop talking so loudly? You may chalk it up to our loud lifestyles today, or maybe that you just spent a little too much time with your headphones in yesterday. Surely the ringing isn’t that big of a deal right? It always goes away.

Well, actually it’s maybe a big deal. There could be more too it than just an increase in your playlist volume or that headache you think comes from work. Ringing in your ears, or tinnitus, is very common and sometimes harmless. But it can also be an indication of other, more serious conditions.

Risk Factors with Ringing Ears

  • Progressive Hearing Loss. If you are experiencing ringing in your ears, it could be an indication of hearing loss that is related to damage or aging. Progressive hearing loss is common and natural, but largely irreversible. It can mean hearing aids and other coping strategies, especially as it gets worse over time. Because of the ringing you may not even realize how much hearing loss you’ve actually experienced.
  • Blockage. Tinnitus isn’t just ringing. It can also be hissing, clicking, roaring, or buzzing. Sometimes this may be an indication that there is blockage in the ear from earwax, infection, or swelling. These issues can be cleared up, literally, with the help of an ear doctor.
  • Meniere’s Disease. If your tinnitus is also accompanied by dizziness, headaches, and balance issues you may have this rare inner ear disorder that deals with the fluid in your ears.
  • Head/Neck Injuries. Tinnitus can also be a symptom of serious injuries like concussions or other issues in the brain and neck that affect the ear’s structure.
  • Cancer. There are some types of tumors – mostly benign – that can develop on the nerves between the ear and brain. Tinnitus in one ear can be an indication, but it can only be diagnosed by a skilled hearing doctor.
  • General Bad Health. Tinnitus can be associated with, or even cause, bad health conditions such as fatigue, insomnia, stress, lack of memory or concentration, even depression and anxiety.

If you have experienced a ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, or other auditory discomfort in one or both ears, do not wait for it to just go away. Often it is an indication of more serious issues in your body. See a hearing doctor right away for help in diagnosis and protecting your lifelong hearing.

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