What Causes Ringing in Your Ears?

If you are hearing noises that no one else is hearing you may have heard from at least one of your close associates that it is all in your head. Well, that is probably true, but then again so are your ears. Some people hear buzzing or ringing sounds but cannot figure out where they are coming from. Those phantom sounds can be different with each person, but they are usually very annoying. Tinnitus is the term used for this problem, but it is typically not a signal that something serious is going on.

The underlying condition that is responsible for tinnitus has many causes. As a matter of fact, it is normal to experience some type of noise in a healthy body. Just go into a very quiet place and listen. Normal bodily functions are not always quiet, especially the pumping of the blood throughout. We just don’t usually hear it because there is so much other nosies going on around us.

Estimates have it that 17 of every 100 people across the world suffer from tinnitus to some degree. The American Tinnitus Association here in the United States gives estimates that nearly 50 million of us experience tinnitus, and 12 million of those have it to a serious enough degree that they must seek out medical help. Along with that 2 million suffer badly enough that they are unable to function in a normal manner.

In the fight against tinnitus, one must understand the various causes so that it can be prevented or treated properly. The most common causes of tinnitus are exposing the ears to loud sounds such as extreme music or machinery, eating certain types of food, drugs, allergies, ear conditions such as infections, stress, and hearing loss.

The most common cause of tinnitus that is preventable is exposure to loud noises. Many times, temporary tinnitus is mild and experienced immediately after exposure and is temporary. However, sometimes it can be permanent, especially with repeated exposure.

Prescription and non-prescription drugs are the second leading cause of tinnitus that is preventable. This is not limited to just a few types of drugs, but instead there are hundreds of drugs made up of many chemicals that are understood to cause tinnitus.

Some foods like red wine, cheese, chocolate, and spirits with a grain base will sometimes increase the intensity of tinnitus or trigger it in the first place. Vinegar and foods that contain mold have also been noticed to increase the volume of tinnitus.

Other substances that have been linked to tinnitus in some form are those containing caffeine, nicotine, monosodium glutamate, spices and marijuana. Some people even find that tinnitus is affected by the ingestion of hot salsa, chili peppers, and hot paprika.

Stress, allergies, and hearing loss also contribute to tinnitus. Ringing, buzzing, and other disturbing sounds can be distressing, but there are some things you can do about it, even when it is extreme. The first step to take would be to discontinue the recognized causes, and see your doctor for remedies.

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