What Might Be Causing My Symptoms Of Tinnitus?
It could age-related hearing loss, excessive noise exposure, physical injury, cardiovascular difficulties, something interfering with the eardrum or another cause. Whatever the source, the presence of tinnitus is signified by the same experience; the person with tinnitus hears a persistent sound for which there is no external source.
“…it’s important to remember that tinnitus is not a condition or illness. It is a symptom of some other problem occurring in the body.”
Tinnitus is usually representative of an inner-ear problem and is often caused by prolonged exposure to loud noise. Depending on the intensity of the sound, your hearing may be damaged temporarily or permanently; whether or not temporary damage will become permanent is something that can’t always be determined.
Other possible causes of tinnitus are certain medications, diet, head trauma, stress, eardrum blockage, jaw joint disorders, and hearing loss. Mechanisms that cause tinnitus in the brain and inner ear are the subjects of ongoing research.
When discussing causes, it’s important to remember that tinnitus is not a condition or illness. It is a symptom of some other problem occurring in the body.
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Can Some Medications Cause Tinnitus?
Some medications can affect hearing, so it’s wise to consider if there might be a connection. There are drugs out there that, while they treat illness, have a quality known as “ototoxicity”—meaning, essentially, they can be toxic to one’s ability to hear properly.
There are many medications and herbs with ototoxic effects, ranging from temporary to long-term, so ask your doctor about the possible side effects of any medication that is prescribed or that you are considering taking over-the-counter.
The drugs to be most concerned about are NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), some antibiotics, certain cancer medications, water pills, diuretics, and medications that are quinine-based.
Can Illness Or Health Conditions Cause Tinnitus?
Tinnitus has been reported in connection with various medical conditions, including anemia, anxiety, atherosclerosis, tumours, depression, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, Lyme disease, Ménière’s disease, otosclerosis, stress, and temporomandibular joint disorder. Hypertension and factors that increase blood pressure, such as stress, alcohol, and caffeine, can make tinnitus more noticeable.