The infamous ringing in the ear, or a roaring sound even if there’s no wind blowing in the area. Tinnitus has a long of symptoms, ranging from hearing disrupting sounds to dealing with dizziness, and making it worse is unfortunately as easy as letting foreign objects enter your ear.
Here are a few tinnitus details to help you stay safe–and maybe even reduce the symptoms by making a better environment for your ears.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is actually a catch-all medical term that includes many problems that lead to rinning in the ears or noise in the ears. For that reason, there’s no single cause or cure for tinnitus; you need to figure out the underlying cause, then work from there.
Ear infections, damaged eardrums, or changes to the vestibular system–inner ear and its parts that provide a sense of balance–can all play a part. People with chronic ear infections or certain types of sinus infections are most at risk, but some never experience balance or ringing in the ear.
Or, the ringing in the ear has gone on for life and they don’t know what true silence means.
Damage isn’t just from infections or actively puncturing the eardrums with something solid. Extremely loud noises or noises at certain noise registers can cause damage, which is why temporary ringing from sirens, air horns, or explosions can become a problem. If extreme enough, such damage can be permanent.
One way to avoid irregular infection is to keep the ear area clean. Clean out your ears regularly using doctor-approved methods–that doesn’t mean a cotton swab, since pushing too hard or pushing in ear wax can lead to damage or at least clogging, and may introduce germs.
Make sure to use phone sanitizer to keep your phone clean, since you could be bringing foreign objects up to your ear on a regular basis. Cleaning off any other objects that come close to your ear, nose, or mouth is vital to stay healthy and safe.