The 5 most common causes of tinnitus and things that can help

No one likes that annoying ringing in your ears!

We’ve probably all experienced this at some point: a constant, very irritating ringing in your ear or ears that occurs after you’ve been to a loud concert, or perhaps it just appears randomly during the day. Sometimes the ringing is high, other times it’s low. No matter how it sounds, it might cause you to have trouble hearing things in your surroundings properly and it drives you absolutely crazy. Unfortunately, chronic tinnitus is incurable, but certain forms of tinnitus can be reduced or even fixed. How does it all work? We’ll explain.

Tinnitus can have many different causes, but these are the five most common ones.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the official name for the ringing in your ears. It’s a ringing in your ears that doesn’t seem to go away, a very annoying hum or simply constant noise. Tinnitus is very common but comes in different levels of severity and can have different causes. The ringing can develop gradually but it can also suddenly start. Below, we’ll explain the five most common causes and the things you can do to help alleviate or cure your tinnitus.

1. Concerts and other loud noises

Regular or extended exposure to loud noises is often the cause of tinnitus. The most well-known version of temporary ringing in your ears is the rining you hear after you’ve been out clubbing or have been to a concert. But loud noises at your work can also be the culprit. If you listen to noise above 80 decibels for an extended period of time, you can end up with hearing loss. Examples: alarms, doorbells and freight traffic produce noise of 80 decibels. You can prevent tinnitus caused by loud noises by using hearing protection. Always be cautious when it comes to loud noise because this kind of tinnitus can end up being permanent!

Go to the next page to read about the other four causes and the things that might help!

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