Leave it to the old wives’ tales to put an indulgent spin on a condition that occurs more frequently than you’d ever imagine.
Ringing ears, called tinnitus, does not mean someone is talking about you. Instead, it’s a hearing issue experienced by over 50 million Americans.
So, if you’re not the subject of gossip, what does cause your ears to ring?
In today’s post, we’re covering five of the most common reasons a person hears ringing in their ears. If you or someone you love suffers from this health issue, you could find help by reading this article.
1. Have You Checked for Earwax
Before you call a doctor or try a home remedy, it’s a good idea to see if you have a buildup of earwax. While not the most pleasant subject matter, it’s one of the most common reasons for tinnitus.
Earwax forms in the ear canal or outer ear. Its purpose is to protect the skin inside the ear canal.
You could try an over-the-counter treatment. However, we recommend giving your doctor a visit to help with this.
2. Check Your Medicine Cabinet
Another common cause of tinnitus may be sitting in your bathroom medicine cabinet. For some people, the medications they take may affect hearing. For instance, if you take high doses of aspirin, you could experience ringing in the ears. Other medications that could impact hearing include antibiotics, antidepressants, and even chemotherapy drugs. Check with your health care team to determine if any of your medications could be ototoxic and cause your tinnitus.
3. Ringing Ears and Age
Along with aging comes many physical issues, including age-related hearing loss and tinnitus. Over half of 85-year olds have hearing loss, while as many as 1/3 of people over the age of 65 experience changes in their hearing.
Age-related hearing loss first impacts the ability to hear high-frequency sounds, such as speech. Then, it moves on to affect the ability to determine where sounds are coming from and the source of the sound. Help is available! AudioCardio utilizes a clinically-proven technology called Threshold Sound Conditioning (TSC) that can help strengthen hearing and may provide relief from tinnitus. By using the mobile app, you can get a quick evaluation of your hearing. Based on the device’s assessment, it can create and deliver a personalized sound therapy.
4. Loud Noises
Aging is one cause of tinnitus. Noise is another common reason for developing sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) and tinnitus. It’s not just any noise. Instead, exposure to deafening noise levels can cause damage to the inner ear, resulting in hearing loss and tinnitus. If you experience ringing in your ears and regularly attend loud music or sporting events, or your job exposes you to sounds louder than 85 decibels, you may have SNHL. Sound therapy has been known to not only help maintain hearing, but also strengthen hearing as well.
5. Head Trauma and Tinnitus
Hearing loss isn’t usually the first thing most people associate with a head injury. Indeed, a traumatic brain injury (TBI), along with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), can be the catalyst for rapid onset tinnitus.
While head trauma and PTSD present multiple complex issues, AudioCardio hopes to use sound therapy to help reduce tinnitus for individuals with these types of medical conditions.
Ready to Get Help With Hearing Difficulties?
Whether caused by age, loud noise levels, or head trauma, you can use technologies designed to strengthen hearing and provide relief from tinnitus.
AudioCardio is a technology company focused on hearing health and wellness. Learn how AudioCardio can help maintain and strengthen your hearing with your favorite headphones or hearing aids at www.audiocardio.com.