We’ve probably all experienced ringing in our ears at some point.
You might have been in a loud environment, such as a concert, and afterwards find that your ears are ringing. Or you might have had a cold or an ear infection, and the ringing is just a symptom that lingers after the infection has cleared up.
In some cases though, the ringing is more than just temporary. It can be constant. If that is the case, there might be an underlying issue that should be addressed.
In this article we’ll outline the three most common cause of ring in the ears.
1) Exposure to loud noises
Exposure to loud noises can cause a number of problems for the human body. Explosions, for example, can lead to deafness, tinnitus and other hearing impairments. An explosion is a very specific situation that gladly most of us will never experience. However, an equivalent very loud noise can have similar effects.
Very loud fireworks, if you are close to the source. Sonic booms, thankfully a much less frequent occurrence these days too. So, think of these as loud explosive events. For your ears, an explosion doesn’t necessarily have to be an actual explosion.
Concerts and other loud events can also cause temporary or permanent hearing loss. Some motorsport events also have sustained period of very loud noise. Ear coverings are highly recommended at these events. Listening to music at loud volumes in small rooms, or on headphones. These sustained periods of exposure to loud noise can also be harmful to your hearing in the long term.
The effects of noise exposure depend on a number of factors. These include: the intensity of the noise, the duration of exposure and the person’s age and health. However, even short-term exposure to loud noise can cause problems. It’s important to take steps to protect your hearing.
2) Ear wax build-up
Blocked ears can be caused by a number of things. One of the most common culprits is compacted ear wax. The body produces ear wax to protect the ear from dirt and debris. It usually drains out of the ear on its own. However, sometimes the ear wax can become compacted, causing a blockage. This can happen if you use cotton swabs or other objects to clean your ears, as this can push the wax further into the ear canal.
Earwax build-up can also occur if you have a narrow or curved ear canal. This can prevent the wax from draining properly. In most cases, earwax build-up is not harmful and will eventually clear up on its own. However, if the blockage is severe, it can cause hearing loss or even pain. If you suspect that you have an earwax build-up, it is best to come and see us as soon as possible. We can safely and quickly check your ears for any blockages that might be causing the persistent ringing in your ears.
3) Hearing Loss
Hearing loss is a common problem that can have a significant impact on quality of life. A number of factors can cause hearing loss, including exposure to loud noise. Age-related changes, and certain medical conditions are also common causes.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, is a common symptom of hearing loss. Other symptoms may include difficulty understanding conversation, feeling like people are mumbling, and having to ask others to repeat things often.
Hearing loss can make it difficult to participate in social activities, enjoy hobbies, or even just to watch television. If you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing hearing loss, it’s important to see an audiologist for a complete evaluation. With early diagnosis and treatment, many people with hearing loss are able to maintain their quality of life.
If you’ve been experiencing ringing in your ears, or have any other symptoms of hearing loss, it’s important to book an appointment with one of our audiologists as soon as possible. Early detection is key when it comes to treating hearing loss. Don’t wait – contact us today and let us help you get your life back on track.