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Tinnitus causes

There are many reasons a person may get tinnitus in either one or both ears. There are both physical and psychological causes that trigger or exacerbate the condition.


– A build up in earwax which affects the way sound travels through your ear, even just ambient room noise.
– A middle ear infection. A common one is Otitis Media which is more common in younger children of 6-18 months.
– A Glue ear which is called Otitis Media with Effusion. The Middle ear fills with fluid and the 3 bones can’t move freely and so cause hard of hearing. The fluid is though to be a problem with the¬†Eustachian tube which connects the middle ear to the throat.
– Otosclerosis, an inherited condition where abnormal bone growth with the 3 bones in the middle ear causes hearing loss.
– Otosclerosis also can result in the growth of spongy bone in the inner ear that causes progressive hearing loss.
– Anaemia – When blood has increased circulation to a point where it can be heard circulating. This can be caused by reduced number of red blood cells.
– A perforated Eardrum – A hole or tear in the ear drum that is uncomfortable but heals by itself within 2 months usually.

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Rarer Causes:

– A head injury
– Exposure to very loud or sudden loud noise or noises such as rapid gunfire or explosions.
– Acoustic neuroma – This is a non-cancerous growth that affects the hearing nerve within the inner ear
– Adverse reactions or exceeded dosages to medication such as antibiotics, aspirin etc…
– Solvent abuse, Drug misuse and alcohol misuse.
– Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries)
– Paget’s Disease – where the normal cycle of bone renewal and repair is disrupted leading to brittle bones in the middle ear.


– Stress
– Anxiety
– Poor Health can trigger some physical conditions above

Try some of the other articles below to learn more about tinnitus causes and treatments


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