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Old 07-01-2004, 11:55 AM   #1
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sudden ringing in the ears

Every now and then I will all of a sudden get a kind of ringing in my ears,its kind of like Iam hearing on a different frequency and the ringing I hear is very high pitched and no one else hears it.

Any idea what this is>?

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Old 07-01-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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Re: sudden ringing in the ears

I get this ringing too--it is very high pitch, not like a phone ringing or anything. The technical name for ringing ears is tinnitis (sp?). I went to my ENT about it, and all he did was check my ears and say my hearing is fine. Which I already knew I could hear--I just hear ringing too. Another doctor told me to avoid taking asprin, as it opens up the blood vessels behind the ears, which can lead to more ringing. That's about all I know--hope it helps a little--good luck!

Old 07-02-2004, 10:11 PM   #3
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Re: sudden ringing in the ears

It is called tinnitus. It results from an inner ear event. The cilia(tiny hair like receptors) in the cochlea (The snail-shaped tube in the inner ear coiled around the modiolus where sound vibrations are converted into nerve impulses by the Organ of Corti) all lay flat for some reason. The brain interprets this as a ringing or a tone. You may have experienced a loud sound such as a rock concert and found that your hearing is muffled and there is a ringing afterward. Your inner ear has been trying to avoid damage by having the cilia lie down. There are other reasons from stress to chemicals such as aspirin that may cause this as well. If you are in university and just completed exams this could have been the cause due to stress for example.

Old 07-05-2004, 09:04 AM   #4
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Re: sudden ringing in the ears

I have had a noise in my right ear for about ten years, but it's not a ringing. It is a rushing sound that can be nothing else other than the sound of my blood moving through some vein. It gets louder when my heart rate increases and if I press against the side of my neck, the sound stops. I have seen several doctors and they never tell me exactly how or why this is happening. I went to one specialist who got mad at me because my hearing IS affected, when the noise is very loud. She thought I was faking whether or not I could hear her little tones. She said the results were inconsistent...but the ear sound constantly varies in volume! I have pretty much given up trying to find an answer and have learned to deal with it as best I can. I still get strange looks when someone tells me to listen to something and I have to press my fingers to the side of my neck to do so!

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