What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is not a disease. It is a symptom that something is wrong in the auditory system, which includes the ear, the auditory nerve, and the parts of the brain that process sound. Something as simple as a piece of earwax blocking the ear canal can cause tinnitus. But it can also be the result of a number of health conditions, such as:
Most people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss. Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss, however, tinnitus does not cause hearing loss or make hearing worse.
More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be involved.
Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss get worse.
Other Potential Causes
Allergies, tumors, problems in the heart and blood vessels, jaws, and neck can cause tinnitus.
Are There Treatments for Tinnitus?
Although there is no cure for tinnitus, hearing care professionals, scientists and doctors have discovered several treatments that may give you some relief. Not every treatment works for everyone, so you may need to try several to find the ones that help. Treatments can include:
Tinnitus maskers are tuned to generate sound that masks or covers up the tinnitus.
Certain medicines may provide relief from these emotional reactions and provide some relief from the tinnitus.
Neuromonics Tinnitus Therapy
This treatment uses a combination of testing, counseling and specialized masking to help you manage and reduce your response to the tinnitus.
Hearing aids create a dual benefit of enhancing hearing and masking or covering up the tinnitus.
Stress makes tinnitus seem worse. Learning how to relax is very helpful if the noise in your ears frustrates you.