December 10, 2008

Medical Reasons for Ringing in the Ears

Tinnitus, or more commonly known as ringing in the ear, is basically a disorder that is characterized by a sensation of noise seems to be heard inside the ear. Most of the time it is being further described by tinnitus patients that the sound is a ringing noise. However, the sound greatly varies from person to person. In some cases, the sound will be heard as that of a buzzing, or maybe sometimes a humming, hissing, clicking, whistling or beating noise.

It is not a disease. It is more like that of a symptom arising from an underlying health condition. Many causes such as an infection in the ear, deposition of wax inside the ear or perhaps an injury to a sensitive part of the inner ear known as the tympanic membrane. The human ear, being one of the very sensitive parts of our body is being classified further into four sections. There is the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Tinnitus can happen in one or any of these parts of the ear.

There are many medical reasons for ringing in the ears. Prolonged medication to aspirin and certain drugs with high ototoxicity levels causes tinnitus as a side effect. Stopping or change of medication might also put an end to the ringing in the ears. However, there are also instances wherein one can experience a ringing sound in the ear and has got nothing to do with tinnitus. One situation would be when we enter a sound proof room like that of the comfort room. Upon staying inside, we would probably get to hear that ringing sound inside our minds. That is because of the silence surrounding the room. As in this case, it is not defined as a tinnitus condition.

One of the main reasons for having tinnitus would be ontological causes and hearing loss. As described earlier, deposition of ear wax, infection in the inner ear and such are one of the more rampant reasons why people have that ringing sound in their heads.

Another probable cause for tinnitus would be neurological disorders. This is a situation wherein head injuries could cause damages to the brain and would then lead to tinnitus as a symptom. Metabolic disorders and psychological problems also cause such problem.

Upon careful diagnosis, various natural treatments for tinnitus can be of great help in curing and coping up with the effects.

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