Often described as a buzzing, humming, ringing, or swishing sound, the medical term used to describe ear ringing is tinnitus. The condition is not typically painful, but it is bothersome and can make daily tasks more difficult. If you consistently experience ringing in the ears, you should make an appointment with a medical provider. Tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying illness.
Ear ringing happens in the ear and the noise, which may also sound like a buzzing or humming, cannot typically be heard by others. Symptoms may vary in intensity and in pitch, and can be felt in one or both ears. Often, tinnitus is the result of exposure to loud noises, ear trauma, infection, or anemia.
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