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    What causes ringing in the ears?

    Pain? Over medication? Other?

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    Some medicines can cause it and some head injuries and other things I imagine, but I'm told it is generally damage to hearing nerves from one or more load noises, often from our younger years.
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    Might check the Wikipedia entry on tinnitus. I had quite a bout with it when I was in my 40's or 50's. I made full use of the medical establishment to try and find a cause and come up with nothing. It eventually disappeared with no action on my part.
    T4 complete, 150 ft fall, 1966. Completely fused hips, partially fused knees and spine, heterotopic ossification. Unsuccessful DREZ surgery about 1990. Successful bladder augmentation using small intestine about 1992. Normal SCI IC UTI problems culminating in a hospital stay in 2001. No antibiotics or doctor visits for UTI since 2001: d-mannose. Your mileage may vary.

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    Some possible causes of ringing or buzzing in the ears (tinnitus) include drug side effects, inner ear infections or cell damage, head trauma, a history of exposure to excessive noise, aging, and some types of circulatory diseases.

    You should discuss this with your physician, and may need to see a neurologist and/or an ENT for further evaluation and possible treatment.

    Here are some additional resources:


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    Here's a very interesting article on tinnitus from Discover Magazine:

    "Tinnitus is a lot more complicated than just a ringing in the ears. It is more like a ringing across the brain."

    Which may be why this might be able to help alleviate it for some of us:

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