experiencing ringing of the Ears?
What is meant by
‘Ringing of the ears’?
Have you ever experienced
listening to some noise when actually you cannot trace it to a
source of origin? Then, it surmises that you are imagining the
sound and there can be no way that the sound is from an
external source. This 'weird' feeling or perception of sound in
your ears is referred to as 'ringing of the ears'.
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Ringing of the ears is known
by the medical term tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease but a
medical condition that occurs based on certain
conditions. Sometimes, tinnitus sufferers may hear the
sounds continuously or occasionally. The sound can vary from a
soft tone to a deafening din in extreme cases.
Ringing of the ears can be
very annoying and sometimes will baffle you beyond
comprehension. In some cases it occurs as a signal to a more
complicated problem like a tumor in the ear nerve. But in most
instances, tinnitus is more of a trouble than simply a warning,
as it causes a great deal of anxiety and fear in people who
Generally if you are suffering
from tinnitus, you alone can hear the ringing of the ears. But
in some abnormal cases when tinnitus is the outcome of a
defective vein or artery and synchronizes with the heartbeat,
then you can hear the sound through a stethoscope placed on the
neck or in the ear canal.
In the United States, about 50
million people experience ringing of the ears. For a greater
percentage of this number, tinnitus occurs as a temporary
condition called ‘transient tinnitus.’ This brief and harmless
condition may arise due to a visit to a concert without ear
plugs or it may happen just before you fall asleep when
everything around you at night is still. But, it is sad that
one-fourth of this number is severely affected by the
persistent ringing of the ears and undergoes tremendous
discomfort and trouble.
How ringing of the
ears is caused due to several factors:
* The drugs that you consume
sometimes have an adverse effect on your ears causing
* When you suffer from a head
injury, it can lead to ringing of the ears.
* When alignment of the jaws is
not uniform, it results in tinnitus.
* In extreme cases, a tumor in
the auditory (ear) nerve can also cause this
* The most common cause of
tinnitus is the exposure to excessively loud noise.
Continuous and invasive ringing of the ears
poses a serious problem for people, who suffer from this
condition. By this:
* Sleep is
* Family relationships suffer a
* You tend to lose focus on your
* A general lethargy sets in as
tinnitus seems to disturb all your activities.
* Tinnitus sufferers almost
always seem to be under stress
Treatment for tinnitus,
irrespective of the cause, can ease the discomfort of the
people who suffer from it. Sound therapies like masking and
retraining therapy are beneficial. Medications, counseling, and
relaxation procedures help tinnitus sufferers to a large
So the next time you are
exposed to loud noise and begin to feel the ringing of the
ears, make sure to get rid of the condition by going in for one
of the above mentioned treatments without feeling
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