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Is it normal to get tinnitus at age 16?

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Dr. Rodney Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 22 years experience
Chronic - no: Most people will develop intermittent tinnitus, and many notice it even as teenagers. Chronic persistent tinnitus at this age is uncommon.
Dr. David Astrachan
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 37 years experience
No: As the most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss and since most hearing loss occurs later in life it is unusual for a 16 year old to develop tinnitus. Unfortunately a lot of people listen to excessively loud music and this can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. You should see an ENT doctor for an evaluation and a hearing test.

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