You may have experienced a “ringing in the ears” from prolonged exposure to loud music, or even from stress or an unknown cause. What you do know is that this ringing, known in the medical community as tinnitus, can be very annoying.
It’s not just limited to ringing – it can also be the sound of rushing water, or a buzzing noise. It can also be chronic for some people, lasting on and off for months. Aside from seeing your doctor to determine any underlying health causes (such as high blood pressure), here are seven methods that may quiet the problem down…
1. Excavate Excessive Earwax
Your ears are a bit of a candle factory, producing wax to help protect the ear canal from dirt and other impurities. Your ear is designed to clear away excess wax, however if it gets out of control, it’s no longer washed away naturally.
When this happens, you can end up with irritation of the eardrum that can lead to tinnitus symptoms, notes the Mayo Clinic. Earwax can also (temporarily) interfere with your hearing, so it’s a good idea to stay on top of that – try remedies that soften the wax, and don’t insert objects into the ear canal.