That annoying noise!  It can be caused by a variety of factors, some of them not under your control, such as simply aging.

Most often, tinnitus is caused by repeated exposure to excessive loud noise.

The good news is, tinnitus is not a sign of a serious medical problem, and it can be managed.
Some days your tinnitus may be worse than it is on other days. That could be because you are tired, stressed, or your system is low on resistance due to other factors such as illness.

Smoking, drinking alcohol, or taking antibiotics or too much aspirin can also cause your tinnitus to flare up.
Whether it’s a great concert or a plane taking off, exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing.
Stress from difficult life circumstances can affect your entire body, including your hearing.
Excessive use of alcohol and quinine water, found in the ‘tonic’ used in many mixed drinks, can trigger tinnitus.
Smoking narrows the blood vessels that bring oxygen to the sensory cells of your ears. 
High doses of aspirin and NSID pain relievers are a known trigger for tinnitus, as are some antibiotics and anti-depressants.
High blood pressure can increase tinnitus symptoms, so sufferers should cut down on salt. 
Coffee, dark tea, cola, and energy drinks all contain caffeine, and some sufferers say eliminating them helps control tinnitus.

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