What Happens When Your Ears Ring?

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Ear ringing, or tinnitus, is most often caused by noise exposure, and the ringing is a result of damage to the inner ear. Find out why ear ringing can be caused by cumulative noise exposure over time with help from a neurologist and otologist in this free video on ear problems and hearing.

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Hi, my name is Dr. Jack Shohet, and I'm here to talk about what happens when the ears ring. Ear ringing, or tinnitus, or tinn-itus, as it's commonly called, is caused by, is a symptom. There are many different causes of tinnitus, and finding out what the underlying cause of the tinnitus, may help us determine what is happening, when the ringing is actually occurring. The most common situation, is after noise exposure, and that can be a sudden noise exposure, or it could be a cumulative noise exposure over a lifetime, and in those cases, ringing occurs from damage to the inner ear, from the loud noises. Also, a lot of theory behind tinnitus, has that tinnitus is essentially a phantom sensation, in some cases, where the brain is making sound, where there is none.

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