7 bizarre things that may cause ringing in the ears
The pathway of hearing is one of the most delicate and sensitive mechanisms of the human body. Tinnitus or head noise may result from a variety of disturbances within the ear, its neural pathways and the brain. Here are some lesser known bizarre causes of ringing or tinnitus.
- Exposure to a sound (not necessarily real loud) when you are stressed.
- Too much diet soft drink with aspartame, Though a definitive link between the two has yet to be proven, the reason aspartame is considered suspect is the components of aspartame might be toxic to the brain and the inner ear. Both the brain and the inner ear are particularly sensitive organs when it comes to neurotoxins; the components of aspartame. Those components are phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and become toxic after periods of long storage or exposure to heat.
- Barotrauma/Decompression sickness
- Inflammation in the head or neck
- Pain from a toothache or from your jaw
- Medications that we take to feel better eg asprin or Ibuprofen,quinine (for malaria), aminoglysocide antibiotics
- Twitching of one of the two ear muscles in the middle ear that are attached to the hearing bones. This is very similar to the twitching of the eyelids that some people experience upon occasion.
In order for any treatment of tinnitus or head noise to be successful, it is imperative that the patient have a thorough understanding of this distressing symptom complex. With proper audiological care by an audiologist experienced in tinnitus, it is possible to manage the tinnitus and head noise so it has minimal impact on your life.
This article was first published at hearingcareprofessionals.com.au. Nolene Nielson is an experienced Audiologist whose independent audiology practice is part of a new direction in hearing health care.