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A 17-year-old female asked:

Ive heard people can block out tinnitus with white noise or music. but cant this damage hearing further? or just make the ringing worse/louder? esp if theres also hearing loss w it. id like to listen to music but idk if i should?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Tinnitus is typically a middle ear problem. It is frequently caused by loud noise, lack of sleep, depression, anxiety, and stress. Other causes include: Exposure to very loud sounds on a regular basis, ototoxicity from meds (aspirin, diuretics, gentamycin, vincristine. White noise or music may help. Keep music or other background noises below 70 decibels.
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