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Ringing ear: what to do


Symptomsas thewhistles in the earorhum, perceived in one or both ears, are very common even if they cannot be attributed to a specific disease. A percentage from 10-15% of the population report suffering from this symptom at a certain stage of life. In the medical field we talk about "tinnitus" is "tinnitus“.

We speak generically ofringing in the earbut the perceived noise can be more or less ringing and of various kinds: it can be described as a roar, a hiss, ahumor awhistle. Some patients also report the presence ofsoundsvery complex to the ear and which may vary from time to time.

Ear ringing: causes

The causes can be manifold. Just think that more than 75% of disorders affecting the auditory duct can manifest themselves with the symptom of "tinnitus" (buzzing, whistling, hissing, squealing ...). Thecausesmost common are:

  • Acoustic trauma
    It can occur following exposure to a loud noise such as an explosion. Very common among those who frequent shooting ranges, skeet shooting or hunting without the necessary ear protection.
  • Presbycusis
    As presbyopia takes over in middle age and causes a loss of vision, presbycusis is a hearing degradation that takes place with aging.
  • Side effects of drugs
    Some drugs have ototoxic effects and can give birth toringing in the earand sensation of noise.
  • Méniere's disease
    It is generally also associated with dizziness severe, nausea and vomiting. Related to other symptoms such as feeling ofpressure in the ear.
  • Ear infection
    Even a simple cold ear infection can causebuzzing and whistling in the ear.
  • Occlusion of the ear canal
    This is the case of an excessive accumulation of ear wax, the presence of growths or foreign bodies.
  • Problems with the Eustachian tube
    In this case, even an allergy can be the cause ofringing in the ear.
  • Disorders of the temporomandibular joint
    They are caused by problems affecting the muscles or joints of the jaw. Other symptoms related to this disorder include soreness of the chewing muscles, clicking sound of the jaw and headache.
  • Acoustic neuroma
    This is a very rare occurrence. Acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that affects the nerve part of the inner ear.

Other causes have been listed in detail in the article entitled: Tinnitus: causes. It is important to specify that, at least once in their life, everyone has heard of aringing in the ear lasting a few seconds. In this case, it is not a pathological condition but is an expression of occasional phenomena affecting the ear.

Tinnitus: ringing and ringing in the ear

Any sound sensation perceived in one ear or both ears, which exceeds the duration of 24 hours, is calledtinnitus.

When this sensation of sound is “rhythmic”, that is, it is constantly marked, it is called pulsating tinnitus.

L'tinnitus(ringing in the ear) has a pathological meaning when the perceived sound tends to be lasting over time. So if thetinnitusmanifest themselves for days, or even months, it is essential to hear the opinion of an expert and identify the cause.

Ringing in the ear: remedies and what to do?

First it is important to determinebecause the ears ringor why you perceive that annoyinghum. The visit of a specialist is crucial.

It is important to understand that the pathologies that can cause are differenttinnitusand feeling ofringing in the ear. Anyremedydo it yourself is not recommended if the cause is not identified first.

Which doctor to go to for a diagnosis and treatment? You can go to an otolaryngologist or an audiologist.

Identifying the cause is the first step to take to eliminate this annoying symptom and regain hearing well-being.

Ear ringing and hearing loss

In some cases, thepersistent tinnitusthey are associated with different forms of hearing loss: we often speak of minor hearing loss.

Given the great diversity of causes, it is appropriate to interpret theringing in the earlike an "alarm bell" that prompts us to take action: book an audiometric exam and a visit to an audiological specialist or an otolaryngologist.

These visits are also "loanable": a referral from the general practitioner is enough to book the visit at the reference ASL.

What does it mean when the ears ring?

If theringing in the ear or whistlingit lasts only for a few seconds, it has no pathological value. In these cases, there are popular superstitions that give ameaning to the ringing in the ear.

According to popular belief, it would seem that:

  • If the whistle is in the left ear, they are speaking well of him.
  • If the whistle is in the right ear, they are speaking ill of him.

That's why therumorspopular claim that how much you feelringing in the earssomeone is talking about you!



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