Ringing in the Ears
There will be very few people who will go through life without at some time being aware of a loud
ringing in the ears. Exposure to excessively loud music such as might be heard at a discotheque, a club or a live
concert will invariably leave ringing ears which may take several hours to dissipate.
This same ear ringing can also commonly be the result of a loud bang or sudden intense noise.
Similarly long periods exposed to the loud sounds of working machinery in the workplace where no ear protection is
worn can leave people with ringing ears.
Most of the time the ringing ears gradually subside. However, continuous or repeated exposure to any loud noise
will undoubtedly damage the ears and result in some permanent hearing loss and potentially a permanence of that
ringing in the ears.
This condition where people experience permanent ear ringing known as tinnitus has in the past been
thought of as only an age related problem affecting people of perhaps 55 and above. The symptoms of tinnitus, the
ringing in the ears, were reported to be mainly suffered by older manual workers. That was hardly surprising as so
many of them were employed in manufacturing industries where they spent their entire working lives surrounded by
the incessant loud noises associated with factory production.
The age range of people affected with ringing ears has dropped considerably now though. This has
been brought about as a result of the constant noise imposed on us in our everyday lives and over which we have
little or no control such as traffic and aircraft noise. Particularly amongst the younger element music is now
listened to at excessive volume at home, in the car and even pumped straight into their ears through headphones and
earphones connected to mobile music devices.
It has to be noted that the impact of external noise isn’t the only cause of tinnitus although it
is the most common. Ringing in the ear can also be a symptom of an underlying health problem. This can range from
something as innocuous as a build up of wax in the ear to problems affecting the head and neck as a result of
whiplash injuries. Many prescription
drugs have side effects that commonly initiate symptoms of tinnitus and if ear ringing is noted
as being coincident with starting any drug course it is worth referring back to the prescribing doctor.
Tinnitus then is a very common condition and it is suffered across all ages in our society. In most
cases the ringing ears only cause a mild annoyance. Not so for everyone though and the sounds can become
distracting enough to interfere with sleep and cause or exacerbate hearing problems.
related articles about ringing ears:
The Sounds of Tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a very
private complaint. No one can see it, there’s nothing to see. No one else can hear it, there’s
nothing for them to hear
The Signs of Pulsatile Tinnitus.
For most tinnitus
sufferers the sounds of tinnitus, that familiar hissing, buzzing or ringing in the ear tends to be
a steady unchanging noise that comes and goes or is perhaps omnipresent