The strange phenomenon where the ear is ringing without audible sound
from the outside is called "tinnitus".
Generally, the ear ringing appears when you have some difficulties in
hearing. This jarring noise gives you various agonies from
sleeplessness to depression. The exact cause of tinnitus is a hard-to-
find answer by many specialists.
Does tinnitus cause stress? I do not think that way. It is stress
that cause tinnitus, isn't it? Tinnitus itself is not a disease but a
symptom resulting from wide range of causes, including ear
infections, foreign objects, earwax, injury from loud noises or
sounds, and side effects of some medications such as aspirin and
Although this is not definite, some research groups reported to us
that climate or certain seasonable atmosphere might make people to
have ear ringing, and also to those who have nervous temperament.
WHAT IS TINNITUS? A definition from an internet news:
The symptoms of tinnitus include ringing noises in the ears or
hearing sounds that seem to be coming from inside your head. The
sounds of tinnitus may be varied and sufferers report the noise as
ringing, buzzing, whistling, beating or roaring. The noise may be
continuous, may come and go, be heard in one ear or in both. Tinnitus
is sometimes associated with hearing loss. For some, tinnitus may be
nothing but an annoying little sound they hear every now and then,
but for the unlucky ones, tinnitus can reduce the ability to
concentrate or hear outside noises and may become completely
debilitating - preventing the sufferer from leading a normal life.
WHAT REALLY CAUSES TINNITUS?
Tinnitus is usually caused by damage to the microscopic hairs that
line the auditory cells in the ear. These hairs usually move in
response to sound waves detected, producing a brain wave that is
experienced as sound. When damaged, these hairs become bent or broken
and move randomly in a constant state of irritation,
producing "sound" impulses in the brain.
Degenerative damage in people of advancing age is a common cause of
tinnitus and usually paired with hearing loss. In younger sufferers,
exposure to loud noise is probably the leading culprit.
Other causes of tinnitus may be as benign as a small plug of wax in
the ear that is easily removed. Tinnitus may also occur as a result
of head and neck injury, stiffening of the bones in the middle ear or
as a side effect of prescription drugs.
Sometimes, tinnitus may be caused by an actual sound produced in your
body that becomes audible due to disease or proximity to the ear
(objective tinnitus). Circulation problems such as high blood
pressure and atherosclerosis can cause the sound of blood flow in
vessels close to the ear to become more forceful, or turbulent -
allowing your ear to detect the sound. Malformation or narrowing of
blood vessels in the head and neck can have the same effect. More
rarely, tinnitus is a symptom of a tumor in the head or neck.
There is no definite answer for tinnitus at all. All the answer seems
to be just guessing games.
Probably, your physician told you, "Hmmm, there's no abnormality
anywhere, anyhow. Hmmm, here's your medicine." It is impossible that
there's no abnormality. If there is nothing wrong, where does that
ear ringing come from?
Well, how does that ringing sound produced? Many doctors in Japan
believe that the cause might be due to autonomic imbalance;
vegetative dystonia, or distortion of Gnathal, arthropathy. Aside
from that, stiff shoulders and high blood pressure are at top list.
Most doctors are unclear about the real cause of tinnitus.