It’s not currently known how tinnitus develops, but there are a few things that can cause it. Often, tinnitus is caused due to damage or some sort of change within the ear. This can be caused by a number of things including an ear infection, a perforated eardrum, a severe build-up of earwax, or other kinds of illness.
Some medications can cause tinnitus due to their side effects. If this is the case, and it’s a recognised potential side effect, consult your doctor and see if a different medication is available. This could reduce or even eliminate tinnitus symptoms in some cases.
Beyond medical reasons, tinnitus is widely associated with extensive and prolonged exposure to loud noises. Due to this, musicians commonly suffer from tinnitus.
Have you ever noticed a ringing in your ears after you’ve been to a concert or a night club? This is temporary tinnitus and generally goes away after a few hours. Over a long period of time in these environments, though, chronic tinnitus can develop. It’s a good idea to take a pair of earplugs with you to a concert or nightclub. Musician’s earplugs are a great way to enjoy the experience whilst also protecting your ears!