Tinnitus Causes

Comprehensive Diagnosis: Identifying Tinnitus Causes

The causes of tinnitus can vary greatly from one person to another. To ensure the best treatment outcome, our specialists conduct thorough assessments to identify the exact cause of your tinnitus.  

 Common Causes of Tinnitus

  1. Age or Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: The delicate hair cells in the inner ear that help in transmitting sound signals to the brain can get damaged due to ageing or exposure to loud noise. This damage can cause these cells to send random electrical signals resulting in tinnitus.
  2. Ear Infections or Blockages: Infections or blockages in the ear, such as a build-up of earwax or fluid, can change the internal pressure, leading to tinnitus symptoms.
  3. Medications: Certain drugs, including some types of antibiotics, diuretics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and specific antidepressants, can induce or worsen tinnitus.
  4. Head or Neck Injuries: Trauma to the head or neck can affect the inner ear, auditory nerves, or even brain functions linked to hearing, which can result in tinnitus, often in only one ear.
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Other Causes of Tinnitus

  1. Meniere’s Disease: An early symptom of Meniere’s disease, a disorder caused by abnormal fluid pressure in the inner ear, can be tinnitus.
  2. Eustachian Tube Dysfunction: If the tube connecting your middle ear to your upper throat remains dilated, it can cause a sense of fullness and tinnitus.
  3. Otosclerosis: This condition involves abnormal bone growth in the middle ear that can cause hearing difficulties and induce tinnitus.
  4. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders: Issues with the joint where your lower jaw meets your skull can lead to tinnitus.
  5. Acoustic Neuroma or Other Tumors: Benign tumors, such as acoustic neuromas, on the cranial nerve controlling balance and hearing can result in tinnitus. Other brain, neck, or head tumors may also induce tinnitus.
  6. Vascular Disorders: Conditions impacting your blood vessels like high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, or malformed blood vessels can alter the blood flow in your ear, resulting in tinnitus.

Understanding these causes is a critical first step in our Clinic’s approach to managing tinnitus effectively. Our Tinnitus Management Program considers the uniqueness of each tinnitus case to provide personalized treatment options for relief and management.



1Can tinnitus be cured completely?
  • While there's no definitive cure, many treatments can help manage its symptoms.
2Is tinnitus linked to other diseases?
  • Yes, diseases like Meniere's can lead to tinnitus.
3Can I prevent tinnitus?
  • While not always preventable, avoiding prolonged exposure to loud noises can reduce your risk.
4Are there natural remedies for tinnitus?
  • Some swear by certain herbal supplements, but always consult a physician first.
5Do hearing aids help with tinnitus?
  • In many cases, they can help by improving hearing and reducing tinnitus symptoms.

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