What is this Persistent Ringing in my Ears?

What is this Persistent Ringing in my Ears?

Imagine a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in your ear 24 hours a day. There is no break. It is always there. It is called Tinnitus.

You have a persistent ringing in your ears, that nobody else but you can hear because it doesn’t come from any external source. Tinnitus is irritating and concerning leaving you wondering if it will stop, what caused it, and what can be done about it.

Tinnitus is the medical term that refers to the perception of sound in one or both ears when no sound is actually present in the environment. While there’s no proven cure for tinnitus, understanding the symptoms, causes and related illnesses, can help ease, manage or block out the ringing-in-the-ears sensation. If left untreated it can elevate anxiety, stress and possibly lead to depression


The symptoms of tinnitus can be constant or come and go. Some suffer at night when other sounds quiet down, and it can come in the form of a ringing, buzzing, or whining sound ranging from a low sound to a high pitch sound. Sometimes so loud it can affect your work or daily living.

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Ringing in the Ears

According to the Hearing Foundation of Canada, more than 360,000 Canadians experience Tinnitus. The number could be even higher as many studies have referenced 15-20% of the population experience tinnitus.


While sometimes the underlying cause is never detected, there are some causes that can indicate the condition.

• As we naturally age we can often experience loss of hearing and it can accompany ringing in the ears.

Research by Dr. Robert Sweetlow,PhD, indicates that Tinnitus is very common. Approximately 15% of the world's population has tinnitus. More than 70% of hearing impaired individuals have experienced tinnitus at some point in their life. About 90% of tinnitus patients have some degree of hearing loss. Between 10 to 20% of people who have tinnitus seek out medical attention. Approximately 10% of the people who seek medical attention (1-2% of people with tinnitus) are so bothered by their tinnitus that it adversely affects their quality of life.

• Work environments that are loud from heavy equipment is a common cause of tinnitus. Listening to loud music through head phones, working or attending live concerts is also hard on your ears leading to hearing loss and tinnitus..

• There has been some research to indicate that alcohol, smoking, and consuming certain food and drink may have an impact.

• Some medical conditions can lead to tinnitus such as diabetes, heart disease, circulation problems.

Is there a Solution?

If you are suffering from the symptoms of tinnitus, you might be feeling frustrated and helpless. The first step is to consult a hearing care professional or audiologist like Calvin Staples of Grand River Hearing and Tinnitus Centre, who has training to help patients manage their tinnitus and can help you regain your quality of life.

It is important to identify the cause. Although there’s no proven cure for tinnitus, does not mean no help!

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What is Tinnitus

Grand River Hearing and Tinnitus Centre has two locations to serve you.

We welcome your call to book a thorough assessment.

Kitchener (519) 804-2596 Waterloo (519) 208-0233

What is this Persistent Ringing in my Ears?