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Can Cell Phones Cause Ringing Ears?

Proportionate to the amount of cell phone usage


The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) states that over 50 million people suffer from tinnitus of varied degrees in the US alone. Well over 12 million of these suffers have tinnitus issues to the level that they require medical attention. While as many as 2 million people are so severely affected by ringing ears that they find it disruptive to their normal life and relationships.

There have been many studies to determine the reasons behind ringing of the ears but the accurate psychological or physiological reasons are not very clear, but here’s a few very common causes of tinnitus:

  • Exposure to very loud noises
  • Damage in the inner ear
  • Neck or head injury
  • Immune disorders
  • Tumor of the auditor nerve in the ear
  • Side effects of certain medicines
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Jaw misalignment

Dr. Sohaila Rastan, RNID’s Chief Scientific Advisor, says: “This research illustrates just how important it is to protect your hearing from loud noise. Even if your hearing is not permanently affected, the way your brain processes sound may be changed which could result in tinnitus.”

A report from the British Medical Journal indicates that cell phone use – especially extended cell phone use – may now be added to the list of causes of tinnitus.

The report indicates that 10-15% of us experience some degree of tinnitus – a number that appears to be growing, in part, because more and more of us are using mobile telephones to stay plugged in no matter where we are.

Research has proven that the connection between tinnitus and cell phones is due to damage caused to the inner ear by openly absorbing a significant amount of sound energy produced by cell phones. Note, that this study only investigated possible damage caused by ‘sound’; and doesn’t even address the electronic exposure we might be subjecting ourselves. Another ongoing research with results forthcoming.

Ears ringing can vary from a mild ringing to an excruciating and frustrating condition. Generally just a few simple remedies will make short work of it. Take just a moment and check out this information;


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