Monday Health Minute | Published June 2, 2014

Ringing in the ears: a common problem

Ringing in the ears: a common problem

  • A persistent ringing, chirping, hissing, buzzing or roaring in the ears is called tinnitus (TIN-ih-tus).
  • Tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 individuals and can worsen with age.
  • Treatment can be caused by an underlying health condition such as jaw misalignment, wax buildup, or hearing loss.
  • Loud noises, aspirin, caffeine, nicotine and some medications can make tinnitus worse.
  • A properly functioning hearing aid may help reduce tinnitus, so speak with an audiologist if you have this problem.

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