I Have Constant Ringing in Ears - Is Ear Infection a Cause?
A build-up of earwax, a middle ear infection or a problem with your inner ear (such as Ménière's disease) can sometimes be responsible for the sounds of constant ringing ears.
Here's more info on what causes constant ringing in ears:
- Medicines, antibiotics in particular or taking large amounts of aspirin
- Excessive drinking of alcohol or caffeinated beverages
- Eardrum rupture or ear infections
- Dental problems that affect the mouth such as astemporomandibular (TM) problems
- Injuries such as a direct blow to the head or whiplash
- Injury to the ear following radiation therapy around the head or neck area
- Barotrauma or a rapid change in environment settings
- Severe weight loss from malnutrition or dieting
- Repeated exercise with the neck in a hyperextended position, such as when bicycle-riding.
- Blood flow (vascular) problems, such as carotid atherosclerosis, arteriovenous (AV) malformations, and high blood pressure (hypertension).
- Nerve problems (neurologic disorders), such as multiple sclerosis or migraine headache.
It's important to know what causes your tinnitus whether there are times in the day when it's more noticeable, and if anything you do makes it better or worse.
Ringing ears are scientifically known as Tinnitus and no Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom which can be cured. There was no cure for Tinnitus several years ago so people had to train their ears to ignore the ringing in their ears with other sounds which made it really hard.
There are 2 types of Tinnitus:
1. Pulsatile Tinnitus (like a heartbeat tinnitus) - is caused by sounds created by muscle movements near the ear, changes in the ear canal, or blood flow (vascular) problems in the neck or face.
2. Nonpulsatile Tinnitus - is caused by problems in the nerves involved with hearing. This is described as the type of tinnitus coming from the head.
Although tinnitus is mostly described as 'ringing in the ears', several sounds can be heard which include:
Here are a few ways to reduce and/or cure ringing ears also known as tinnitus
- By taking tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and nortriptyline. However these medications can cause some undesirable side effects, such as blurred visions, dry mouth and heart problems
- Anticonvulsant medications such as clonazepam and gabapentin have been shown to reduce the loudness and annoyance of tinnitus in some people
- By removing earwax since earwax is the most popular cause of tinnitus. It can be greatly relieved and even cured once the earwax is removed. You can use over-the-counter ear drops to soften the earwax and it will just go away naturally
- Letting your doctor take out the earwax using lavage (washing out the eardrum) or extracted using special medical instruments or suctioning
It may be a real struggle to reverse tinnitus but just follow these steps and you'll be able to hear as clear as a bat!