Question: How serious are the noises and ringing that I have in my ears?
Answer: Unwanted noises in your ears is termed tinnitus. Tinnitus affects approximately one out of five people. It is a perception of sound often described as ringing, roaring, crickets or buzzing in the ears. It can be in one ear or both. It is not a disease but a symptom of another underlying condition. Tinnitus may be a symptom of aging, hearing loss, wax on the eardrum, middle ear fluid or congestion, loud noise exposure or ear injury. There are specific treatments and counseling tools that help to reduce the negative impacts of tinnitus. If tinnitus is affecting only one ear or if it is of sudden onset, you should see a professional for consultation and evaluation for treatment strategy.