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Have you experienced an occasional ringing in your ears? If so you may have been concerned. 

Ringing in your ear, also known as tinnitus, starts in your inner ear.  Usually, it is caused by damage to or the loss of sensory hair cells in the cochlea, or the inner ear.

Tinnitus can present in many different ways, including ocean-like sounds, ringing, buzzing, clicking, or whooshing. The sound can be in one or both ears, constant or occasional, loud or soft. Typically, it is more noticeable at night when you’re not distracted by work or family. And It is often associated with hearing loss.

What causes tinnitus?

Exposure to loud sounds or music

A head injury or concussion

Wax build-up in your ears

Caffeine

Medications, including aspirin, ibuprofen, blood pressure medicines, and some antibiotics

What can you do to prevent further damage?

Have a Doctor Clear your ears of wax

Create “white noise”

Creating a background noise can cancel out the sound you hear from tinnitus. 

Play gentle music

A quiet melody gives your brain something else to focus on other than the ringing.

Avoid caffeine

Caffeine can increase your blood pressure, making your tinnitus more noticeable.

Reconsider your medications

Taking medications like ibuprofen is alright sometimes, but the more you take it you can worsen the tinnitus.

Wear earplugs

If you know you will be exposed to noisy environments like a job site or concert, use earplugs to prevent further damage.

 

- Associates In Hearing HealthCare
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