Learn more about tinnitus.

Signs, symptoms and treatment

The causes for tinnitus are many, but it’s essential to identify specifically what is causing the ringing so you can receive the appropriate treatment. These are just a few of the possible reasons.

Exposure to loud sounds

Whether you work at a jobsite with loud machinery or attend a sports event in a closed arena with cheering crowds, your ears can ring from the intense level of sound. A one-time event might not damage your hearing, but repeated exposure can. Consider using ear protection when you use a leaf-blower or other noisy equipment.

Earwax build-up

Learn the proper method of removing ear wax so you don’t end up compacting the wax inside your ear or damaging your ear drum.


Although there is no cure for growing older, your ENT can assist you in adapting to changes in your hearing.


Some medications contribute to tinnitus. Be sure to bring a complete list of all your medications to your appointment. Your ENT might be able to suggest an alternative medication to reduce or eliminate the ringing in your ears.

Ménière’s disease

Tinnitus is potentially a symptom of Ménière’s. It’s essential to determine whether you have Ménière’s and not simply assume that the ringing is a sign of aging. Ménière’s can be treated.

High blood pressure

The ringing in your ear could indicate that you have high blood pressure. Proper medication for treating high blood pressure should eliminate the ringing.

Ringing in the ear can indicate more serious health issues, therefore it’s advisable to see your ENT to find out what’s causing your tinnitus. There are many options to improve the head noise such as removal of offending agent/medication, masking techniques with or without hearing devices, medication changes, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Call for a visit with Dr. Colby to discuss what option may be best for you and your lifestyle.