Ringing in the Ear Causes

There are many possible causes for ringing in the ears or tinnitus. What do you think is the origin for yours?
Most common causes are hearing loss due to damage of the cochlea because of age (called presbycusis), exposure to loud noises, ear infection and eardrum rupture. Surprisingly, even excess ear wax can result in tinnitus!
Then there’s the overuse of aspirin. Although aspirin is a very effective pain-reliever, its ototoxic properties (causing damage to the ear) can result in tinnitus and aggravate the condition in those that already have this ailment.
The use of antibiotics, specifically aminoglycoside antibiotics (a powerful form of infection-fighting drug), and quinine are also culprits in developing tinnitus.
Believe it or not, studies show that there is a very high connection between tinnitus and stress. When the brain is under stress, it has a tendency to interpret ordinary, everyday sounds as fearful. Tinnitus then develops or becomes worse. Therefore managing stress is a critical and very important factor to tinnitus relief.
And that’s not all. There are other causes for tinnitus that are not very common but are pretty serious. Some of these are:

  • Meniere’s disease is a disorder with recurring episodes of vertigo

  • A jaw misalignment disorder called the Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome

  • Head and neck injuries (resulting in tinnitus in one ear)

  • A benign tumor called acoustic neuroma which develops on the cranial nerve that runs from the brain to the inner ear.