Tinnitus occurs when you hear a ringing or noise in the ear and the sound is not caused by an external source. Tinnitus can be extremely bothersome and can negatively impact your quality of life.
It is not a disease itself but rather a symptom of some other underlying problem within the ear.
Most tinnitus is considered to be primary tinnitus and is associated with hearing loss of some type. Tinnitus can originate anywhere within the hearing system. Most tinnitus is associated with problems in the inner ear. Excessive noise, certain medications, and aging can cause damage to the tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear which can lead to tinnitus.
High doses of non-prescription medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen can lead to tinnitus. Prescription medications such as antibiotics and even diuretics can also cause tinnitus.
Tinnitus caused by excessive noise exposure is very treatable and in some cases may even be a warning sign of exposure to loud noises. Excessive earwax in the outer ear can cause pressure and may change how the eardrum vibrates causing tinnitus.
To determine the exact cause and origin of the tinnitus, you should make an appointment to see one of our Broward ENT physicians and one of our hearing specialists as well.