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How To Stop Ringing In Ears
Maybe not: Ringing in the ear is known as tinnitus. It is most often associated with hearing loss. You should be evaluated with an audiogram and ENT examination. Tinnitus can be eliminated if it caused by a medication or a treatable problem of the middle ear or temporomandibular joint. If hearing loss is confirmed, then masking techniques are most effective at "hiding" the tinnitus so it is not intrusive. ...Read more
Teeth clenching??: One of the reasons for tinnitus - ringing in the ears - is teeth clenching. Trigeminal nerve that controls jaw closing muscles also has a branch that controls tensor tympani muscle that controls ear drum tension. Hence the connection. Have an evaluation by a dentists with expertise in treating temporo mandibular dysfunction (tmd) to check this. ...Read more
Get evaluated: Tinnitus is tough . There can be a variety of causes . Please see an ENT specialist to get a full work up -- exam of ear drums, audiology testing. Depending on these findings, there may or may not be a solution . Often times there is not but you will need to rule out more ominous reasons for the ringing... Good luck ...Read more
See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more
You probably can't: Unless your ringing is due to certain medications or recent noise exposure, the odds are you will continue to have ringing, a very annoying and often long-lasting symptom which is caused by a large variety of things. ...Read more
No complete cure: Tinnitus is ringing in the ears caused by damage to the hearing nerve. It is typically heard at the frequency of the damage. It is essentially the brain thinking it heard a sound at that frequency when there is no sound. The brain hears it because of the damage and does not always resolve fully. Treatment involves masking the sound or other conservative treatments. Surgery is a last resort. ...Read more
Medical vs surgical: If you do have eustacian tube dysfunction that is causing your ringing/tinnitus in the affected ear, then focus on treating that. Nasal steroid, decongestant, antihistamines etc...If not adquate, oral steroid briefly and diuretic may help. If adenoids/tonsils are large, removal may help. Or, consider having an ear-tube (myringotomy) by an ENT doc..Consult your doc for eval/treatment. Good luck. ...Read more
Ear infecition: In general, I would normally tell a patient to see a doctor to give treatment ...Read more
Is it from grinding?: Tinnitus (ringing or buzzing of the ears) has many causes: medication is probably the most common (old md's used to say take Aspirin until you hear ringing). Tmd issues, and neurologic reasons as well. I would speak with an md and rule out other reasons before implicating bruxism (grinding). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Change the plug: Pain in the ear canal from an ear plug most likely results from a minor injury to the skin of the canal wall. The size and shape of the ear plug is probably resulting in a superficial abrasion of the skin. Visiting an audiologist for a proper fitting of an ear plug may cost more but that specialist can give you the most precise and hopefully most painless fitting. ...Read more
Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) can be caused by a number of medications, including some antidepressants: Not all antidepressants cause tinnitus. If your antidepressant is the cause of your tinnitus, switching to another medication may solve the problem, but don't quit taking your medication without medical guidance. Antidepressants are a less common cause of tinnitus than are other types of medications — such as aspirin, anti-inflammatories, caffeine or some antibiotics — or underlying health conditions. Some causes of tinnitus include prolonged exposure to noise, blood vessel disorders, diabetes, allergies and other medical, neurological or mental health problems. Tinnitus can also be caused by age-related hearing loss or a buildup of wax in the ear. You'll need to work with your doctor to determine whether your antidepressant or something else is causing your tinnitus. Your symptoms may go away when the underlying cause is treated. If the underlying cause isn't clear — or treatment doesn't help — you may benefit from a device similar to a hearing aid that helps mask the ringing. A change in medication and counseling also may help you cope with tinnitus. ...Read more
Noisy clubs: Might be advisable to wear ear plugs that allow you to hear normal conversation but block high-decibel sounds. Check sporting goods stores or gun supply shops. Try to stand/sit as far from loudspeakers as possible. Limit amount of exposure to loud noise to short periods. Protect your hearing. If ringing persists, see fp/audiologist/ent for evaluation. ...Read more
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