Ringing sound in the ears is termed Tinnitus, but it can be ticking, hissing, roaring, or humming sound. Ear wax block, sinusitis, noise-induced hearing loss, ear infection, hormonal changes, brain tumors, thyroid diseases, etc., are responsible for Tinnitus. Antidepressants, antianxiety drugs, cochlear implants, hearing aids, Acoustic neural stimulation are few treatment modalities to treat Tinnitus and its associated causes.
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I have been experiencing unilateral tinnitus, but my hearing is normal. Do I have cancer?
Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing unilateral tinnitus, but my hearing is normal. It had been one and half days, and all I could hear was a tiny buzz. I recently read that tinnitus has a lot of alarming danger concerns. Is it typical for people with unilateral tinnitus to have a brain tumor or canc... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The most prevalent cause of unilateral tinnitus is benign tumors, not cancers. Cancers are rare. I recommend you do magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast for both temporal bones to discover any brain masses. Read Full »
What is the treatment for tinnitus?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old female. I am having tinnitus in my right ear. My PTA hearing test says R - 17 dB and L - 10 dB. My doctor informed me that there is slight nerve damage and it is causing tinnitus and slight hearing loss. He said that there is no cure for it. Please help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your PTA (pure tone audiometry) showing minimal hearing loss in right ear and normal hearing in the left. I do not think this minimal hearing loss cause the tinnitus unless the hearing loss is progressive. Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom due to many underlyi... Read Full »
What causes ringing noise and humming alternatively?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 69 year old retired internist. I am not taking any regular medication other than Aspirin 325 mg. I have no known allergies and have never smoked. I do not have any medical history of thyroid disease, autoimmune diseases or Paget's disease. Around four to five weeks back, I noted th... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. What you are suffering from is known as tinnitus. It is not a disease itself rather a symptom due to various underlying causes like age related, hypertension, impacted wax, fluid in middle ear, patulous eustachian tube, TMJD (temperomandibular joint disorder), hypert... Read Full »
Will removing ear wax help with my ear pain and tinnitus?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been experiencing ongoing war popping sensations as if I have gotten off a plane for the last two months. For the last few weeks, I have experienced slight ear pain and symptoms of tinnitus. I have tried an ear wax removal kit but still have underlying symptoms. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I could not understand what is the point of removing wax here without observing the ear canal. Please get it very clear, your eustachian tube (tube connecting the backside of the nose and middle ear) is blocked and some maneuver (Valsalva maneuver) under supervision wil... Read Full »
How to prevent an anxiety attack because of ringing sound in the ears?
Query: Hi doctor, I am asking on behalf of my son. My son is 15 years old with a weight of 361.5 pounds and a height of 5.7 feet. His problems started yesterday after taking a shower. He hears a high-pitched ringing sound in the ears. Last night, he had three anxiety attacks due to it and he took Stresam 5... Read Full »
Dr. Manu Chandarashekhara Bharadwaj
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ringing sensation is common and prevalent. There are many suspected causes for having ringing sensations in the ears. The most common one is the wax impinging the eardrum. Your son started to have this sound after showering. Even water, soap, hair follicles within the e... Read Full »
I am experiencing an earache, tinnitus, and redness despite using an anti-fungal ear drop. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, I applied antifungal drops, for a week but my ears are still sore. I am attaching an image of the ear canal. I am experiencing pain, tinnitus, hyperacusis as well as clogged sensation. There is a feeling of pressure in the ears, for 12 months ever since a loud noise exposure led to aco... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concerns. Ear congestion is still present which is not normal. I am not sure if you have used the medication on the prescription of a doctor or if it is self-medicated (which is not advisable). Pain, tinnitus, a sensation of clogging, and pressure s... Read Full »
Does muffled hearing result from listening to loud music using earbuds?
Query: Hi Doctor, Im 16 years old and for the past month, I’ve been experiencing tinnitus in my left ear. For some background, I also experienced tinnitus for about 2 weeks a few months back. When it started, I was listening to music louder than I should have during a good part (about 80%) and I felt wha... Read Full »
Answer: Hi iCliniq user , At least am happy that you are now not crossing the warning sign while listening to music. 1. Don't use earphones for taking calls and music , use it in speaker mode and at moderate volume. 2. Sometimes Pure Tone Audiometry (hearing test) doesn't reveal the initial minimal loss w... Read Full »
Will changing BP medication help with my tinnitus?
Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from tinnitus for the past one month. Sometimes mild and sometimes severe. I did a hearing test and the result is no hearing loss. I have an appointment with an ENT in two days to carry out more tests. However, I have been doing a bit of research so I have a few ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As there is no hearing loss evident in conventional hearing test, go for high-frequency audiometry and matching test. Which type of sound are you perceiving ringing or buzzing, pulse-like or noise type? Does it change with neck movement to the left and right. Tinnitus ca... Read Full »
Do tinnitus after ear irrigation indicates ear damage?
Query: Hello doctor, Since about a week and a half ago, I have had tinnitus in my right ear. This was after self irrigating the ear with one of those squeezy syringes that come with the Otex ear drops. Before doing this, I was putting in oil drops for about a week prior. Quite a bit of wax came out, but no... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is always dangerous to predict and take action in case of their own health. The tinnitus in your case is not due to earwax, it may be due to the blockage of the eustachian tube (tube connecting middle ear and back of the nasal cavity, its primary work is to equalize ... Read Full »
Why am I having ringing sensation in ear?
Query: Hello doctor, I have experienced ringing in my right ear 3 days ago and it has not stopped since then. It is not that loud and I do not hear it when the environment is noisy. It is really bothering and stressing me out and I do not know what to do. I wanted to have this checked but it is just so ha... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Taking your age into account I would like to recommend you not to use earphones or listen to very loud music, avoid caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee, alcohol, if any. Sleep completely, do not take stress. Please mention which type of sound you are perceiving, tone ty... Read Full »