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What could cause pressure and ringing in the ears?

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All kinds of things, from ear infections to ruptured eardrums to ear squeezes to high blood pressure. If you think you or someone you know has an ear problem, seek professional medical advice and have it treated soon.

Tinnitus is the medical term for "hearing" noises in your ears. The noises may sound like ringing, blowing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, humming, whistling. Considerations

Tinnitus is common. Almost everyone experiences a mild form of tinnitus once in awhile that only lasts a few minutes. However, constant or recurring tinnitus is stressful and can interfere with your ability to concentrate or sleep.

Common Causes

It is not known exactly what causes a person to "hear" sounds. However, tinnitus can be a symptom of almost any ear problem, including ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, and injury from loud noises. Alcohol, caffeine, antibiotics, aspirin, or other drugs can also cause ear noises.

Tinnitus may occur with hearing loss. Occasionally, it is a sign of high blood pressure, an allergy, or anemia. Rarely, tinnitus is a sign of a serious problem like a tumor or aneurysm. Tinnitus is often more noticeable when you go to bed at night because your surroundings are quieter and you are more apt to be kept awake by even the sound of a soft ceiling fan or humidifier. Learn ways to relax. Feeling stressed or anxious can worsen tinnitus. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoking. Get enough rest. Try sleeping with your head propped up in an elevated position. This lessens head congestion.

See you doctor if ear noises start after a head injury. The noises are associated with other unexplained symptoms like dizziness, feeling off balance, nausea, or vomiting.

There is no known cure for tinnitus. If the underlying cause is determined, then fixing that problem may take away your tinnitus (for example, removal of ear wax). Otherwise, measures to help you lessen or live with the noises are taken.

A tinnitus masker, a device worn like a hearing aid, may help. This works by producing low-level sound directly into the ear to cover or disguise the ear noise so that it is less bothersome. A hearing aid may help lessen ear noise and amplify outside sounds.

Medications such as anti-arrhythmic (usually used for irregular heart rhythms), antidepressants, vasodilators, tranquilizers, and anticonvulsants may help. Antihistamines (e.g., meclizine) are also often effective.

Sometimes, counseling may help you learn to tolerate tinnitus. When appropriate, you may be encouraged to consider biofeedback training. This is a method that helps you learn to control body functions by monitoring specific responses (such as tightness of a muscle group) and altering this response through relaxation.

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