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Ringing in the ears treatment

Updated on September 19, 2011

Do you do this every day?

Tinnitus or ringing of the ears is a really common problem that affects millions of people around the world. It can have many causes and I will describe the most common triggers and help you choose which one is at fault for tormenting you every day.

The Causes

There are 9 primary causes of ringing in your ears.

1) Allergies

If you have allergies from anything whether it is from something outside like grass or pollen, or inside like dust mites or cat hair, it can trigger your ringing in the ears. This is because your nose and eustachian tubes that connect the ears to the throat can get blocked.

2) Excessive earwax

For the most part ear wax is good but you can have too much of a good thing especially when the wax gets really hard. When this happens the wax can impact the eardrum causing pain and ringing ears.

3) TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorder can cause ringing ears.This is a problem with your jaw joint which is right beside your ears.Sometimes you will hear clicking or cracking sounds when you chew or open your mouth too wide. Other symptoms of TMJ are headaches, neck pain, and of course jaw pain. It is sometimes caused by clenching your teeth while you sleep.

4) Hypertension or high blood pressure

Sometimes if you lead an unhealthy lifestyle and have high blood pressure, you could have ringing in the ears.

5) Meniere's disease

This is a condition that causes ear ringing, dizziness, nausea, and a feeling of fullness in the ear.

6) Injuries

If you suffer some types of injuries, especially a hit to the head, it can cause Tinnitus

7) Prescription drugs

Some prescription drugs can cause your ringing ears or make an existing condition worse. Some antidepressants have this side effect as does the cholesterol reducing drug Lipotor. Acid reducers can also cause the problem and even aspirin can harm you if taken excessively

8) Loud noises or music

If you work in a noisy environment or listen to a lot of loud music, it can over time cause Tinnitus

9) Ear infections

Ear infections can cause the same kinds of problems with your nose and eustachian tubes and as well as wreaking havoc on your inner ear.

The solutions

1) Allergies

The solution is to get tested for allergies and find out which substance, plant, pollen, or animal is causing you to have congestion. When you identify the substance, obviously you should avoid it and your allergy symptoms should go away. Then in time your ringing ears should get better. If not you need to continue to investigate some of the other causes to stop ears from ringing

2) Excessive ear wax

The solution is to buy some ear drops from the drugstore, or you can use olive oil, and apply two to three drops in the affected ear. Do this at bedtime and in the morning for at least three or four days. Once the wax is softened up, you can go to your doctor and have them flush the wax out, but that is not even necessary. The key is to make sure the wax doesn't get hard and impact against the ear drum in the first place.

3) TMJ

The solution is more complicated with TMJ because it is not easily fixed.One thing you could try if you are clenching your teeth is to wear a mouth guard while you sleep. Make sure you get your dentist to make a proper guard using moulds so that the fit is just right. This could cause some relief of your TMJ and in turn over time relieve your ringing ears.

4) Hypertension or high blood pressure

The solution is to get your blood pressure checked and if it is high ,you need to adopt some lifestyle changes that include your diet and exercise. If that does not work you will need blood pressure medication from your doctor.

5) Meniere's disease

The solution is mostly just to manage the symptoms because there is no definitive cure. One thing your doctor may suggest is for you to try anti nausea medication or diuretics to reduce the fluid in the inner ear.

6) Injuries

The solution is fairly obvious - get treated for the injuries

7) Prescription drugs

The solution is to ask your doctor several questions about the drugs he has you taking and make and informed decision as to whether the benefits of the medications out way the side effects.

8) Loud noises or music

The solution is to avoid loud noises from now on. However that of course doesn't do anything for any hearing damage you may have already suffered in the past. If you were exposed to loud music or banging sounds over a long period of time, it may seem like the ringing in your ears is permanent but there are programs available that can give you relief.

9) Ear infections

Get to your doctor when you have an ear infection and maybe you can treat it with antibiotics before much damage is done. However some times people are more prone to these infections and therefore get congested and have extra fluid in the middle ear that cannot drain into the throat because the eustachian tubes are blocked. One the blockage clears the tinnitus usually goes away, but if you are unlucky it may not.


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