Talk with Us If You Struggle with Ringing in Your Ears
Posted on 7/26/2021 by Candice
|If you have ringing in the ears, you already know that the sensation is not too pleasant. The following information gives you further insight about why this happens and why you might want to speak to us if you have the problem.
What Is Ringing in the Ears?
Clinically known as tinnitus, ringing in the ears represents a sound in the head with no apparent external source. For some people, tinnitus is a ringing sound while, for other patients, the sound they hear is a buzzing, chirping, or whistling noise. Some patients report hearing a shrieking or roaring sound. The sound may come and go, pulsate, or be steady.
Why Does Tinnitus Occur and Who Does It Affect?
Almost everybody experiences tinnitus temporarily when they are exposed to extremely loud sounds. For instance, attending a loud musical concert can lead to the condition, as can taking some medicines. If you take aspirin in a high dose, for example, you can experience tinnitus. The ringing stops once you stop taking the drug. If tinnitus lasts over six months, it is called chronic tinnitus. The condition, which is common among people 55 years old and older, affects approximately 55 million people in the U.S. The condition is frequently associated with hearing loss.
In some instances, ringing in the ears happens because of musculoskeletal reasons. Some people, who clench their jaw, grind their teeth, or experience similar muscle tension may experience ear ringing. If you believe these factors tie into your tinnitus, you need to speak to us about the condition. For example, a condition, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) may trigger tinnitus, as can bruxism (tooth grinding), which may cause TMD, or vice-versa. In these instances, we can assist you in finding the underlying cause and treating it.
Do you have ringing in your ears? Do you suspect it may be caused by TMD or bruxism? If so, give us a call to arrange an appointment for a consultation now.