Ringing In The Ears - Do You Hear What I Hear?

If you hear ringing in your ear for no apparent reason, it may be tinnitus. But before we disclose what it is and if it can be prevented or not, we first need to understand how we hear sounds in the first place.

When sound waves hit the inside structure of the ear which further turns these vibrations in to nerve signals, we hear sounds. Our ears consist of three different regions –the eardrum, tiny hairs, and cochlea. They all have different functions to perform and when any one of them stops doing that; tinnitus is experienced aka ringing in the ears.

Tinnitus is a symptom of some underlying disease. It can be defined as a sensation or feeling where one feels constant hissing, buzzing, ringing, chirping or whistling in the ear. One of the most common symptoms of tinnitus is exposure to loud noise. And if you think it isn’t that common, know that approximately 50 million adults in America suffer from it at least once in their lifetime. Other causes behind it can include:

Prevention

Tinnitus can be prevented in a number of different ways. For instance:

However, if none of these seem to eliminate the ringing in the ear, it might be time to seek medical assistance. Visit Dr. Parikh so that he can help you find the underlying cause of tinnitus. Always remember, early prevention is half the cure.  Getting checked early will lessen your likelihood of hearing loss. To schedule a consultation, call 469-262-5762, or visit www.healthonemedicine.com for more information.

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Health One Family Medicine

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