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Medical Author: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Together with other abnormal ear noises, ear ringing is medically called tinnitus. Buzzing, roaring, and pulsitile sounds are sometimes perceived when no sound is present in persons with tinnitus.
Tinnitus can arise in any of the four sections of the ear: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. Tinnitus is often accompanied by hearing loss. For a description of the anatomy of the ear, see MedicineNet.com's the Anatomy of Hearing and Balance article.
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Fauci, Anthony S., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2008.
Causes of Ringing in Ears
In This ArticleEar Infection (Otitis Media) Article
- Otitis media (ear infection or inflammation) facts
- What is otitis media?
- What are the symptoms of acute middle ear infection?
- "Are ear infections contagious?
- How common is acute otitis media?
- Why do young children tend to have middle ear infections or inflammation?
- How does the Eustachian tube change as a child gets older?
- What microorganisms cause otitis media?
- What is the relationship between bottlefeeding and middle ear infection or inflammation?
- What are the risk factors for acute middle ear infection or inflammation?
- How is otitis media diagnosed?
- How is acute middle ear infection or inflammation treated?
- Are there any home remedies for acute ear infection (otitis media)?
- What causes chronic middle ear infection or inflammation?
- What happens to the eardrum in chronic middle ear infection or inflammation?
- What happens to the eardrum if a hole develops in the eardrum?
- How is chronic middle ear infection or inflammation treated?
- What are the goals of otitis media surgery?
- What is serious middle ear infection or inflammation?
- What limitations are there on a child with middle ear infection or inflammation?
- Can otitis media (middle ear infection or inflammation) be prevented?
In This ArticleMeniere's Disease Article
- Meniere's disease facts
- What is Meniere's disease?
- What causes Meniere's disease?
- What are the symptoms of Meniere's disease?
- How is Meniere's disease diagnosed?
- How can Meniere's disease be treated?
In This ArticleTemporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) Article
- What is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome?
- What are the risk factors for TMJ syndrome?
- What causes TMJ syndrome?
- What are the signs and symptoms of TMJ syndrome?
- How is TMJ syndrome diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for TMJ syndrome?
- What is the prognosis for TMJ syndrome?
- Can TMJ syndrome be prevented?
Other Causes of Ringing in Ears
- Aging (Presbycusis)
- Ear Trauma (Such As From the Noise of Planes, Firearms, or Loud Music)
- Fluid in the Ears
- Medications (Both Prescription and Nonprescription, Notably Aspirin and Other Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs [NSAIDs])
- Rarely, Aneurysm or an Acoustic Neuroma (a Benign Tumor on the Acoustic Nerve)
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