We all at some point in our lives will probably experience a period, probably short-term, when our ears are ringing. Ordinarily the condition goes away almost as quickly as it arrived in the first place. For others the ear ringing problem persists and the ringing in their ears can continue for a long time. The ear ringing condition is known as Tinnitus and there is no single cause of the problem. An onset of ear ringing that persists beyond a day or two may be a symptom of another underlying condition.
Stress and Anxiety
For example, ringing inside of the ears could be a sign of stress or anxiety. People that suffer from stress and anxiety often have a number of other symptoms that are an outward sign of the underlying problems they are having with stress and/or anxiety.
High Blood Pressure – Hypertension
Another common condition that is observed in somebody who has ringing in the ears is that of elevated blood pressure or hypertension. Problems with the circulatory system in our bodies are a proven cause of Tinnitus. Many sufferers observe that when the problem with the blood supply is effectively treated that the ringing in their ears disappears. Elevated cholesterol levels are another trigger for ear ringing due to increasing pressure in the arteries surrounding the ears. It is good practice for your doctor to do some simple blood tests and measure your blood pressure if you are complaining about ringing in your ears.
People with allergies, such as hay fever, or sinus problems may also suffer from short-term or long-term Tinnitus. The ear ringing is likely to be reduced when the sufferer is prescribed with antihistamines or antibiotics to treat the sinus condition, however the ear ringing may increase during the early stages of treatment due to a build up of pressure within the ears.
Other conditions that can cause problems with your hearing are vitamin B12 deficiency, thyroid disorder, tension in the muscles and certain disorders of the joints. The intensity of the ear ringing symptoms will be age-related, and older people are likely to notice an increased level of discomfort in their ears when they have any of these conditions.
The primary reason for the onset of Tinnitus is not always easy to diagnose as there are a number of potential causes. Tinnitus can be a symptom of other problems within the body. One of the least common forms is known as asatherosclerosis, whereby the ringing in the ears is due to a structural issue within the body of the individual. This type of Tinnitus causes individuals to hear pulsing or rushing noises from their own pulse within the ear. It can diagnosed by a doctor using a stethoscope to listen close to the ear where he can also pick up the pulsing sound. Once he has made his diagnosis he should be able to advise on the most appropriate form of treatment.
For other types of ear ringing, the doctor will not be able to hear the ringing in your ears. This can make diagnosis more difficult due to the range of potential causes. Many people have successfully turned to alternative treatments for ear ringing problems. A combination of reducing stress levels, changes to the diet and the use of natural remedies can lead to a significant reduction to long-term ear ringing problems.