What causes ringing in the ears is a very common questions. And, for the most part the people asking this question are tinnitus sufferers. The top 4 reasons for ringing in the ears is as follows:
1. Repeated exposure to Loud Noise: Tinnitus’ main cause is permanent damage to the ears cochlea. This can happen through repeated exposure to loud noise, whether it be a concert, sporting event, your ipod or working in a construction zone, loud noises cause irreversible damage that can lead to ringing in the ears.
2. Stress or Trauma can cause Ringing in the Ears: Stress can cause high blood pressure which is associated with Tinnitus. Also, when you are highly stressed certain systems in your body run improperly, such as your hypothalamus. When this occurs it doesn’t produce the proper chemicals that it’s supposed to and it can aggravate your Tinnitus.
3. Sinusitis or Allergies: The allergies or sinusitis itself doesn’t cause ringing in the ears but the medications and antibiotics that are prescribed to those with these problems do. It can cause a build up of mucous in the ears that can lead to pressure, crackling and whirling noises as well as ringing in the ears.
4. Meniere’s Disease: A disease of the inner ear characterized by episodes of dizziness and tinnitus and progressive hearing loss (usually unilateral).
If you experience ringing in the ears, talk to your doctor about tinnitus treatment!