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What Is Tinnitus And What Causes It?

Tinnitus is a condition that causes a constant ringing noise in the ear, and it can be incredibly frustrating. It affects your hearing and concentration and it can get in the way of your everyday life. If you want to avoid tinnitus, it is important that you are aware of some of the common causes and potential treatments. In some cases, tinnitus is permanent but it can also be reversible, so it is important that you seek treatment and make lifestyle changes to manage it. These are some of the most common causes of tinnitus. 

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Infections 

Tinnitus is often caused by ear infections, which happen for a number of reasons. If you swim regularly, you are more prone to ear infections, and putting things like cotton buds in your ears can also increase your risk of infection as well. In most cases, ear infections cause temporary tinnitus and once the infection is cleared up, the ringing should go away. If you do have an ear infection, you will notice some pain and potentially some discharge from the ear. If you seek advice from a doctor, they will prescribe antibiotics and the infection should clear up quickly. 

Exposure To Loud Noises 

In some cases, tinnitus is caused by permanent damage to the ear after exposure to loud noises. If you are constantly exposed to loud noises from listening to music or from loud equipment at work, you can do lasting damage to your ears and the tinnitus is often a precursor to hearing loss in later life. However, you can prevent this if you take a few precautionary measures. If you work in a loud environment, make sure that your employer is providing ear protection for you. When listening to music with headphones, turn the volume down and don’t listen for long periods without a break. 

Stress And Anxiety 

Tinnitus can sometimes be caused by stress and anxiety, so if you notice a ringing in your ears, consider whether there is anything that might be causing it. Are you particularly busy at work? Do you have money worries? If your tinnitus coincides with difficult periods in your life, it is likely that stress is the cause. Stress can also make tinnitus symptoms worse, even if it is caused by something else. It is important that you learn healthy coping mechanisms to deal with stress and anxiety and if it becomes a serious problem, seek advice from a doctor. 

Blockages 

It is normal to have some wax in your ear and it should come out naturally. However, you may experience a blockage when too much wax builds up, and that can lead to tinnitus. It is important that you don’t put things down your ear to clear out the wax because you can do more damage and cause serious hearing issues. If you think that you have a blockage, you should speak to a hearing specialist and they will be able to clear the blockage safely.

 

It is important that you take steps to protect your hearing and avoid tinnitus because, in some cases, it cannot be reversed. 

 

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