Is the Ringing in My Ears Normal?


Tinnitus is the perception of a noise, such as ringing, buzzing, hissing, etc., in one or both ears, without an actual external source being present. While there is no absolute cure for tinnitus, there are various treatment methods that can help reduce the severity of it and/or your perception of it.

The Hearing Institute offers treatment options for patients who suffer from tinnitus, from lifestyle changes and phone apps, to hearing aids with Tinnitus Sound Generators.

Make an appointment for a hearing test and tinnitus consultation to learn more and find out what might work best for you!

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AOO | ENT Specialist of the Rockies is a practice that has been serving the Denver area for over 40 years. This group of board-certified physicians has exceptional experience treating multi-generational families and meeting their needs in ENT services, sleep health, sinus and allergy treatment, hearing treatment, and facial plastic surgery. Our team includes ENT physicians, specialty-trained nurses, audiologists, and plastic surgeons. In addition to outstanding routine care, our team is available 24/7 for emergencies

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can a trapped nerve cause tinnitus?

Nerve problems, such as a damaged or overactive nerve in the head or neck, can potentially cause or worsen pre-existing tinnitus. This can also occur with musculoskeletal conditions, such as TMJ disorders, C-spine disorders, or previous head and neck trauma.

Can ear drops help tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be caused by ear conditions such as earwax build-up or an external ear infection (i.e., swimmer’s ear). In these cases, ear drops may help resolve tinnitus by addressing the underlying condition.

Can allergies cause tinnitus?

Environmental (e.g., seasonal or perennial) Allergies may cause or worsen pre-existing tinnitus. Typically, this occurs when allergies cause inflammation of the eustachian tube, which cause pressure abnormalities or an accumulation of fluid behind the eardrum. There may also be a link between allergies and inner ear conditions, which can also be a cause of tinnitus.

Can high blood pressure cause ringing in the ears?

High blood pressure may cause various types of tinnitus. This is the result of blood moving through the veins and arteries with more force, causing patients to hear their heartbeat in their ears. This is called “pulsatile tinnitus.” The medications that are used to treat high blood pressure can also cause non-pulsatile tinnitus as a side effect.

Can dental problems cause tinnitus?

Certain dental issues may cause tinnitus. Some common examples include tooth abscesses, impacted wisdom teeth, or TMJ disorder. TMJ disorders commonly cause or worsen pre-existing tinnitus.

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