Hearing loss occurs naturally with the aging process. Signs of hearing loss can include a ringing or buzzing in the ears. This condition is called tinnitus. Noise exposure from a person’s place of employment or from military exposure can predispose people to experience premature hearing loss. An abnormal sound in the ears or tinnitus can present as ringing, buzzing, an “ocean like” sound or even other abnormal sounds. Usually this is a sign of hearing loss; however, other conditions can also cause these abnormal sounds. Tinnitus should always be evaluated by an Otolaryngologist or Ear, Nose & Throat specialist to rule out hearing loss or other serious conditions. In particular, if the tinnitus is unilateral or one sided, this should be evaluated.
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