Ringing in the ears is a common condition that many of us experience from time to time. A ringing in the ear should not be a cause for concern most of the time, as it will likely go away on its own. However, although it is rare, it can indicate a serious health problem, especially if the hum does not go away. You can find more information below.
What is a buzzing ear?
Ear buzzing is the buzzing sound heard in the ears when there is no audible noise, and its medical name is tinnitus . It can imitate sounds such as buzzing , ringing, clicking, hissing, wheezing, wind noise in the ear . Ear ringing can start gradually or come on suddenly. Although these sounds, such as buzzing and ringing in the ear , often go away on their own, in some cases they can be an emergency and require medical evaluation.
There is no known direct cause of ringing in the ears; however, ear infections, foreign objects entering the ear, allergies, high blood pressure , anemia (anemia) or a condition known as Meniere’s disease (swelling in part of the inner ear canal, dizziness and hearing loss) can also cause a ringing and pressure sensation in the ear. Alcohol, caffeine and some drugs are also factors that can trigger ringing in the ear.
If you feel like a ringing in your ear along with the buzzing in your ear, if you have suffered a head injury, if you have symptoms such as dizziness and nausea/vomiting, you should seek medical attention immediately. Even if you don’t have these symptoms, if the buzzing in your ear is worrying you, seeing your doctor will give you peace of mind.
What are the symptoms of ringing in the ears?
It can mimic buzzing, buzzing, clicking, hissing, ringing, or wheezing sounds in the ear. Along with the ringing in the ear , you may also feel pressure in the ear. The volume of such sounds heard in your ear may be very low or loud, and the sound may be in one or both ears. You may be barely aware of your tinnitus or hum, or it may be so severe that it distracts you from your daily routines. In fact, these humming, ringing and similar sounds are caused by the brain’s misinterpretation of nerve signals as sounds.
Signs of ringing in the ears include hearing sounds that mimic:
- bell shaped
- in the form of a roar
Potential other symptoms
Depending on various causes, the following symptoms may accompany the ringing in the ears:
- discharge from ear
- dizziness or vertigo
- Ear pain or fullness
- High fever
- Weakness or tiredness
- redness, warmth, or swelling
serious serious symptoms
In some cases, ringing in the ears can indicate a life-threatening condition, especially if it occurs following a head injury. You should seek medical attention if you or a loved one has any of the life-threatening symptoms, including:
- Confusion and loss of consciousness (even momentary)
- dizziness or vertigo
- Memory loss (even if temporary)
- Nausea and/or vomiting
- severe bleeding
What causes ringing in the ears?
The ear canal is lined with tiny hairs that detect movement and vibration transmitted to the brain as sound. Ear humming occurs when these cells in your ear that respond to sound waves malfunction and transmit electrical impulses that your brain misinterprets.
The ringing in the ear may have no known cause. Alternatively, underlying ear infections can be caused by a variety of causes, including medications, foreign bodies in the ear, allergies, high blood pressure, anemia (anemia) or Meniere’s disease (which causes swelling in part of the inner ear canal, dizziness, and hearing loss). Some people may also experience ringing in the ears due to stress.
Common causes of tinnitus include:
- Acoustic neuroma (benign tumor of the vestibulocochlear nerve)
- aging/advancing age
- Anemia (anemia)
- blood vessel disorders
- ear infections
- Earwax buildup
- exposure to loud noises
- hearing aids
- Meniere’s disease (causes swelling in part of the inner ear canal, dizziness and hearing loss)
- Otosclerosis (hardening of the bones in the ear)
- Stress, worry, anxiety
Medications as a cause
Some medicines, such as the following medicines, can cause symptoms such as ringing in the ear, ringing and pressure as a side effect:
- Malaria drugs
- high dose aspirin
- cancer drugs
In rare cases, ringing in the ears can be caused by serious or potentially life-threatening conditions, including:
- head trauma
- intracranial vascular abnormality
What are the risk factors for ringing in the ears?
A number of factors increase the risk of developing tinnitus, buzzing or ringing in the ears. However, not all people with risk factors experience this symptom.
Risk factors for ringing in the ears include:
- be over 65
- ear infections
- Earwax buildup
- exposure to loud noise
- Age-related hearing loss
- Having high blood pressure, heart disease, or high cholesterol
- Being a male (males have more complaints of buzzing in the ear)
- Taking certain medications, such as antibiotics , high-dose aspirin, cancer drugs
You can take some steps to reduce your risk of ringing in the ears, including:
- You can change the trigger drugs in the presence of your doctor.
- If you are exposed to loud noise, you can minimize this.
- You can control underlying diseases and health problems.
How is the cause of ringing in the ears diagnosed?
To diagnose the cause of your buzzing, your doctor will examine your ears and do a hearing test. An audiologist will transmit sounds one ear at a time through a headset. Each time you hear a sound, you will press a button and this way the quality of your hearing will be measured and your ear will try to understand the reason for your humming.
Your doctor may also use imaging tests such as a computed tomography scan or magnetic resonance imaging (matrix) to see if you have deformities or damage to your ears . X-rays are usually useless for the problem of ringing in the ears , because the X-ray does not always show tumors, blood vessel disorders, or other abnormalities that may affect your hearing.
How is ringing in the ear treated?
Because the causes of buzzing in the ear are mixed, there is no clear cure or cure. However, your doctor can identify the underlying cause and treat you. This may include evaluating your medications or diagnosing an underlying blood vessel disorder to determine if any of them are causing symptoms.
Depending on the underlying cause of your buzzing, your doctor may prescribe medications including:
- Anti-anxiety medications to reduce stress-related buzzing
- Anti-arrhythmic drugs to help control heart rate
- Anti-depressants for the treatment of depression
- Hypertension drugs to lower blood pressure
Some devices can be helpful in reducing tinnitus and/or buzzing or making you hear better. These devices include:
- hearing aids
- Hum-masking devices (a hearing aid-like device that directs a controlled noise into your ear)
- white noise generators
Some alternative treatments may help some people’s efforts to cope with a buzzing ear. These treatments are sometimes used in conjunction with medical medical treatments. The thing to know about this is that; Alternative treatments are not intended to replace medical care. If you are taking nutritional supplements or homeopathic (over-the-counter) medicines, you should always consult your doctor as they may interact with the prescribed medical treatment.
Alternative treatments may include:
- massage therapy
- Nutritional dietary supplements, herbal medicines, teas and similar products
- yoga exercises
What are the potential complications of ringing in the ears?
Left untreated, ringing in the ears can affect or reduce your quality of life. Ringing in the ears can reduce your sleep quality and make your work life difficult, and can even cause mental problems such as stress, anxiety disorder and depression. Also, tinnitus and/or buzzing can be a sign of a serious condition, such as a head injury or blood vessel disease, that can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications. Therefore, it is important to discuss this with your doctor and not to delay your treatment.