Ringing in the ears; Noises or buzzing in the ears; Ear buzzing
Tinnitus is the medical term for “hearing” noises in your ears when there is no outside source of the sounds.The noises you hear can be soft or loud. They may sound like ringing, blowing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, humming, whistling, or sizzling. You may even think you are hearing air escaping, water running, the inside of a seashell, or musical notes.
Tinnitus is common. Almost everyone notices a mild form of tinnitus once in a while that only lasts a few minutes. However, constant or recurring tinnitus is stressful and make it harder to focus or sleep.
It is not known exactly what causes a person to “hear” sounds with no outside source of the noise. However, tinnitus can be a symptom of almost any ear problem, including:
- Ear infections
- Foreign objects or wax in the ear
- Hearing loss from loud noises
Meniere’s disease — an inner ear disorder that involves hearing loss and dizzinessAlcohol, caffeine, antibiotics, aspirin, or other drugs can also cause ear noises.Tinnitus may occur with hearing loss. Sometimes, 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.