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What is the ringing sound in my ears?

What you are describing is called tinnitus. Literally millions of people have some form of sound that is perceived when no sound is actually present. In many cases, it accompanies hearing loss.

But it also is associated with TMJ, allergies, low and high blood pressure, and certain medications. If you have tinnitus, consult your family doctor for the appropriate referral(s) to other medical professionals such as a board certified audiologist or Ear, Nose, Throat physician.

People who suffer from tinnitis often describe it as a ringing or buzzing in one or both ears, and are often reluctant to talk to people about it for fear that others will think that they are imagining things. This condition is frequently associated with hearing loss or other auditory problems.

While there is not yet a cure for tinnitus, in some cases the noises can be masked. Many of the hearing problems related to tinnitus can also be treated to bring some relief. Hearing professionals can also advise you of lifestyle changes and other methods to cope with the constant noise.