Is the Ringing in Your Ears Tinnitus or a Symptom of Something Else?
If you have had a brief ringing in your ears at one time or another, you are not alone. Almost everyone has or will have this experience! Fortunately it usually goes away very quickly, often not lasting more than a few seconds. But for some the symptom of ringing in the ears is constant and never really goes away; this is tinnitus. For still others, the ringing in the ear is associated with or is a symptom of some other affliction.
For example, anxiety could be the root problem and the ringing in the ear a distressing and most annoying symptom. Anxiety presents itself through a variety of symptoms; one of the more familiar ones being panic attacks. Having a panic attack points to anxiety as an underlying issue in a fairly obvious way; and yet, we also know that not all persons suffering from anxiety experience panic attacks. So, while there may be a connection between anxiety and a ringing in the ears; this connection cannot be assumed in every case. That is, some people with anxiety do experience ringing in their ears as a symptom of the anxiety; but not everyone who has ringing in their ears has anxiety.
An elevated cholesterol level tends to bring blood pressure up; this also has been associated with ringing in the ears. Cholesterol gathers in blood vessels and is deposited here and there causing narrowing and clogging which impedes blood flow. In vessels near the ear the blood flow becomes more turbulent as it attempts to pass through these cholesterol deposits thus setting off the ringing in the ear. A simple cholesterol level check is useful in examining the possible connection to the ear ringing symptom.
Allergies or sinus problems have also been underlying culprits for ringing in the ears. The antibiotics and antihistamines so often used to treat these conditions tend to make the ear mucous more difficult for the body to drain. So, the pressure builds up and both ear infections and ringing in the ears may result. Still other conditions are associated with ringing in the ear. These include presbycusis (an age-associated loss of hearing) as well as common muscle tension, temporomandibular joint disorder, vitamin B12 deficiency and even a thyroid disorder.
Tinnitus remains the most common cause of ringing in the ear; and there are several forms of tinnitus. Atherosclerosis is a rare and serious medical condition. In this form of tinnitus there is usually a structural problem within the individual; both the patient and the doctor can hear the ringing in the ear! The doctor listens in by placing a stethoscope around the patient’s ear and neck. Atherosclerosis causes a pulsing or rushing sound; it is the individual’s own pulse that is head as it rushes through the ear.
For most common tinnitus the ringing in the ear is heard only by the individual. Most tinnitus sufferers have this type and unfortunately, it is the least understood. Further, the ear noise is not limited to ringing; it can also be a buzzing, whining, popping or even a static sound. Sometimes both ears are affected. Treatment varies by patient; and for many there is no medical treatment at all. Alternative treatments include natural homeopathic treatments, acupuncture, hypnosis and even implants.Ear Ringing Cures