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What ringing in the ear means ?

Tinnitus (pronounced ti-NIGHT-us) is like a ringing bell in your ears at times it can be very annoying. It usually happens when you are subjected to high pitch environment like music concerts, Pubs etc., you have then experienced tinnitus. Tinnitus starts in your inner ear. Most often, it is caused by damage to or the loss of sensory hair cells in the cochlea, or the inner ear.

What does constant ringing in ear mean?

If there is constant ringing in your ear one should seek medical help for tinnitus from experience professional or doctors. Mostly tinnitus is "sensorineural," means it’s due to hearing loss at the cochlea or cochlear nerve level. Many times tinnitus that comes and usually goes after some days and do not require any medical attention or treatment. If it doesn’t go one needs to see a doctor immediately.

What kind of doctor do I see if ringing in ear persists?

One can consult with an otolaryngologist (ENT specialist doctor). The Audiologists are trained to perform hearing tests and assessments. The first call due to this symptom should be to an audiologist. Audiologists specialize in hearing and balance disorders. While tinnitus doesn't affect your balance, it is most commonly a symptom of hearing loss.

Who is at Risk for Tinnitus?

  • Men more than women

  • Older people, with a peak in the 60-69 age group

  • People who work jobs such as construction, mining and manufacturing

  • People with hobbies involving sound such as going to Pubs, Concerts etc. where there is loud music.

What precaution can I take for ringing / buzzing sound in my ears?

  • One should avoid anything that makes tinnitus worse, for egg. Loud noises or stimulants like caffeine.

  • One should use ear plugs if you know you'll be exposed to louder sounds due to your occupational work hazard.

  • One should refrain from alcohol drinks, as it causes blood to flow into your inner ear and increase the ringing in your ear.