Stress, abnormal bone growth, a concussion—That ringing in your ears, a condition called tinnitus, could be a sign of a number of larger medical problems.
“Your ears are telling you something when they’re ringing,” says Sean Kinden, a clinical audiologist in Gander, Newfoundland. “It’s their way of letting us know that something is not working quite the way it should be.” Also known as known as tinnitus, ringing ears affects adults young or old, it can be constant or intermittent, it can be extremely bothersome or a light background noise. And tinnitus can have many causes. But you shouldn’t go more than two weeks without getting it checked out by a doctor, says Kinden. Here’s what your ears may be trying to tell you.