Tinnitus: How to Stop The Ringing in Your Ears

What is

Tinnitus (tin-NY-tus) is the perception of ringing, hissing or roaring in your ears. At a minimum, the ringing in your ears is annoying and can drown out everyday sounds. When it persists, tinnitus can make it difficult to concentrate or sleep soundly and may lead to fatigue, irritability and stress.

If tinnitus is disrupting your life, call or text us and get your hearing tested right away. Tinnitus is often caused by hearing loss, and management with hearing or masking devices can be very effective. We will evaluate your hearing and your medical history and discuss your management options.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Roughly 50 million Americans have experienced tinnitus, a symptom associated with many forms of hearing or other health problems. In some cases, allergies or other medical conditions can cause tinnitus; more often, tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss. The most common causes of tinnitus are:

Age-related Hearing Loss

Most people with tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.

Exposure to Loud Noise

Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss worse.


When too much earwax builds up in your ear canal, it may harden. This can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. Don’t try to remove earwax build up yourself; you are likely to push the earwax in further.

Don’t Make Your
Tinnitus Worse

Avoid anything that can increase the ringing in your ears, such as smoking, alcohol and loud noise. If you work in construction, at an airport, or if you’re regularly exposed to loud noise at home or at work, wear ear plugs or special earmuffs to protect your hearing.

If it’s hard for you to hear over your tinnitus, face your friends and family when they talk. Seeing their expressions may help you understand them better. Ask people to speak louder but not shout. Most importantly, call or text us. Let’s get your hearing tested and talk about your management options.

Other potential causes

Some medications, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. It can also be a symptom of allergies or sinus blockages. Underlying medical conditions such as tumors, or problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaw and neck can cause tinnitus. If our consultation and evaluation suggests one of these medical issues, we will refer you to a physician to complete the diagnosis.

Talk to us and put an end to the ringing in your ears.