Q: Why are my ears ringing?

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Ringing ears, or tinnitus, occurs when tiny hairs in the ear canal, that sense movement and vibration, malfunction and transmit impulses that your brain misinterprets as sound. There is no known cause for tinnitus, but it may result from ear infections, medications, ear wax buildup, allergies, high blood pressure, or anemia. Other common causes of tinnitus include:

  • Exposure to loud noises

  • Hearing loss related to aging

  • Medicines that can damage the inner workings of the ear

  • Dysfunction of the eustachian tube

  • Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear condition that involves hearing loss and dizziness

More About Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

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  1. Tinnitus. Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
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