7. Meniere’s Disease
This disease causes extreme dizziness, ringing in the ears, and deafness. The cause of Meniere’s disease is unknown. However, the Mayo Clinic states it may be related to fluid in the ear, a virus, an immune disorder, or genetics. Meniere’s disease is incurable, but treatment focuses on relieving the symptoms of dizziness and ringing in the ears.
Tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, can signal other conditions besides Meniere’s disease. The hormonal changes that accompany menopause can also cause an aggravating ringing in the ears. Those troublesome hormones that cause irritability, mood swings, hot flashes, and wreak havoc on your menstrual cycle can also affect your ears. Studies indicate that hormone replacement therapy can decrease the risk of tinnitus in menopausal women along with providing relief from other symptoms of menopause.
5. Red Ear Syndrome
Redness and a burning sensation of one or both ears may be caused by Red Ear Syndrome (RES). There are two forms of this rare disorder. Younger individuals typically experience primary RES. Furthermore, they may suffer from migraine headaches as well. Older adults tend to experience secondary RES. Issues such as injury to the nerves of the head or spine, infections such as shingles, or disorders such as TMJ may trigger episodes of secondary RES. Treatment may include medications such as anti-inflammatory drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, and certain blood pressure medications.