Why Are My Ears Ringing, and What is Tinnitus?
The condition known as Tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears,” can take on several forms. A common form sounds like high-toned ringing that overlays your regular hearing. Tinnitus can also result in a whooshing noise in your ears, or is sometimes even described as a roar. Some people say they hear an annoying chirping sound or buzz. Whatever form of Tinnitus is experienced, these extra “sounds” in your ears can be frustrating to deal with in daily life. Tinnitus is defined as a sound heard inside the ears or head that is not present in the surrounding environment.
Many people first experience Tinnitus as a temporary surge of ringing in the ears after attending a noisy event such as a rock concert or auto race. These symptoms resemble long-term Tinnitus and might last a few hours to even a couple days. The ringing in your ears that results from exposure to loud or sudden noise is actually a warning sign that your hearing could have been damaged in some way.
It’s important to keep in mind that Tinnitus is not always caused by exposure to loud noise. Equally as important to understand is that the condition isn’t necessarily always associated with permanent hearing loss. There may be multiple factors contributing to the condition known as Tinnitus, but rest assured, you’re far from alone in your experience.