If you have an ear infection you may find you are also getting tinnitus. So what is the link between ear infections and ear ringing and what can you do about it?
There are several ways in which ear infections can cause ear ringing. The first is through the build up of dead skin and discharge in the ear canal. These can irritate the eardrum and lead to tinnitus. Inflammation of the drum itself can also lead to the perception of noise when no external source is present.
Fluid build up behind the eardrum can also cause ringing in the ears. This is because it can irritate and agitate the structures of the middle ear. This stimulates the nerve leaving the ear for the brain, causing the problem.
Inner ear infection is far more likely to cause tinnitus than other types of infection. They tend to be viral and associated with a blocked nose, cough and sore throat. Inflammation in the inner ear space causes a change in the behaviour of the tissues. They swell, increasing in volume and pressing on nerves and delicate structures. This can lead to tinnitus.
Wearing earplugs for swimming can prevent outer ear infections and tinnitus which occurs for this reason. ZenPlugs are ideal because they give you double protection against swimmer's ear. http://zenplugs.com/molded-earplugs They block water and kill bacteria. Because you make them from a kit they cost far less than visiting the audiologist.