AUG 16, 2018 07:51 AM PDT

Why won't my ears stop ringing?

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus in some form. Two million of those people suffer from ringing in their ears so severely that they cannot lead normal lives because of it. But what causes tinnitus to begin with? Auditory damage is the usual cause for tinnitus, whether it comes from too many rock concerts or too much time spent listening to fireworks. But you can also develop ringing in your ears from head trauma, earwax build-up, low blood pressure, high blood pressure, and even some medications.

One theory is that the hair cells that receive the vibrations that allow you to hear are “broken,” in the sense that they are constantly “turned on” so that your ears think they are always hearing sound even when they’re not. Another theory is that the brain’s noise-filtering system, which keeps you from hearing your synapses fire at every moment, isn’t working. So in other words, that ringing could be the inner soundtrack to all the ongoing of your brain. Want to learn more hypotheses to what’s got that constant noise going in your ears and how you can get rid of it? Watch the video!

About the Author
  • Kathryn is a curious world-traveller interested in the intersection between nature, culture, history, and people. She has worked for environmental education non-profits and is a Spanish/English interpreter.
You May Also Like
OCT 10, 2018
Videos
OCT 10, 2018
It Matters How Young You Start Using Cannabis
If the brain's endocannabinoid system is constantly disrupted with cannabis while developing it can affect mood, motivation, learning and how memo...
OCT 11, 2018
Videos
OCT 11, 2018
How Iceland is growing forests for the first time in a millennium
Iceland is perhaps one of the worst cases of deforestation that the world has seen. Over the last 1,000 years, the country's forests have been felled f...
OCT 14, 2018
Plants & Animals
OCT 14, 2018
Here's How Hurricanes Impact Marine Wildlife
We’re not the only ones impacted by the hazards of powerful hurricanes; so too are the vast hierarchies of marine wildlife that reside in the ocean....
OCT 22, 2018
Videos
OCT 22, 2018
Are GMOs Safe?
While consumers may have valid ethical concerns about GMOs, 30 years of research says they are safe to eat....
OCT 23, 2018
Plants & Animals
OCT 23, 2018
Will This Technology Prevent Future Shark Attacks?
  The frequency of great white shark attacks is thought to be over-estimated by a magnitude of 10 to 100 times, but despite what any shark expert want...
NOV 07, 2018
Health & Medicine
NOV 07, 2018
Here's How Far Your Sneeze Can Travel
When you get stuck with a cold or the flu, sneezes are inevitable. But have you ever wondered how far your sneezes travel? As it turns out, your sneeze may...
Loading Comments...