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Is it normal to get tinnitus at age 16?

Is it normal to get tinnitus at age 16?

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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Dr. William Culviner
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Is it normal to get tinnitus when you have blocked ears?

Is it normal to get tinnitus when you have blocked ears?

Possibly.: It is fairly common to have tinnitus whenever the hearing is decreased for any reason. If the reason for the decreased hearing can be resolved, the tinnitus may improve.

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Is it normal to get ear pain and tinnitis when you push hard against the masseter? Can this last for weeks? Can one side cause problems for both ears?

Is it normal to get ear pain and tinnitis when you push hard against the masseter? Can this last for weeks? Can one side cause problems for both ears?

Yes: Pushing the masseter muscle can hurt the ear and also close the canal. It can cause symptoms of TMJ disease, especially if there is any problems in the canal. If the canal is closed you may hear abnormal sounds or sounds that you didn't notice. It is often hard to localize the side these sounds come from. Inner ear problems can cause similar symptoms. See ENT doc.

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How did I get tinnitus as a pianist?

How did I get tinnitus as a pianist?

Unknown: The auditory input such as music is processed by 2 perceptual mechanisms a) the one for individual sound and b) the perception of the pattern formed by the sound. Continuous bombardment may disrupt this hierarchical processing which in turn generates spontanous formation of sounds such as tinnitus. Or there may be an end-organ reverberation with echoes and noises of different frequencies.

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Is it possible to get permanent tinnitus? How?

Yes: Tinnitus can be caused by many triggers and it can be permanent. The most common causes of tinnitus are due to age-related hearing loss and noise-induced hearing loss.

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Where I can I get help for my tinnitus problem?

Where I can I get help for my tinnitus problem?

Tinnitus: Treat the cause. Consult pcp for assessment & possible referral to ear nose throat specialist.

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Is it normal to have bouts of tinnitus for 10-15 seconds once a month or so?

Might be: Related to medication side effect. Aspirin and related meds can cause tinnitus. Unfortunately, some causes of tinnitus are unknown, and therefore difficult to treat. Consult with ENT specialist if symptoms persist or worsen.

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Just how bad can the symptoms of tinnitus get, and when should I start to worry?

Tinnitus: If you have ringing in the ears and it is more than a one time occurance, it merits evaluation. (otolaryngology/ audiology). If you have short lived ringing in the ears with an upper respiratory infection - that resolves it is normally ok.

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Does tinnitus tend to get worse over time? If so, is there anything to avoid to not make it worse?

Does tinnitus tend to get worse over time? If so, is there anything to avoid to not make it worse?

Varies: It can vary over time. Treating it depends on knowing the cause, for which a visit with an ENT doctor would be helpful.

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Does tinnitus tend to get worse over time? If so, is there anything to avoid to not make it worse?

Yes!: Tinnitus is most commonly caused by loss of hearing due to excess noise exposure over time. However there are some things to know: if your tinnitus is only on one side or much worse on one side or if it is associated with bouts of dizziness, you should see your doctor about it. Rarely it can be caused by a tumor called acoustic neuroma, or a condition called meniere's.

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Is it normal for tinnitus to change pitch? It goes from high pitched to not noticeable, back to high pitched, and so fourth.

Is it normal for tinnitus to change pitch? It goes from high pitched to not noticeable, back to high pitched, and so fourth.

Tinnitus very common: Tinnitus is noise or ringing in the ears. There is no drug for cure. Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from many underlying causes (e.g. TMJ). Rec.: see ENT or orofacial pain specialist to rule out secondary pathology.

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What percentage of people never get free from tinnitus? Is it more than 40? If the underlying condition is diagnosed, will my tinnitus go away?

Tinnitus: The most important thing is to r/o Carotid Artery disease, tumor in ear canal and CP angel, trauma to ear and infection, Tinnitus is usually benign and it could go away by itself but sometimes it's just due to age related hearing loss and gets worse with aging. Treating underline disease could make it better, also there are devices which could help and also medications are available. See and ENT

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How many patients get free from tinnitus?

Ear ringing: Tinnitus is ear ringing. There is always a reason for the presentation of tinnitus. Biotrauma could be a cause, but the most common issues are ANS blockers like infection. The middle and inner ear potentially could harbor pathogens that is causing the ear ringing. Alternatively biomechanical factors or ANS blockers in the TM Joint could possibly be affecting the tinnitus. Get it checked.

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I get very nauseous when the tinnitus is loud is that comon?

I get very nauseous when the tinnitus is loud is that comon?

Duration evaluation: Duration of your tinnitus should be evaluated. Are you taking Aspirin or anti-inflammatories like motrin/ibuprofen/advil for something or the tinnitus? This could result in the nausea. But if the tinnitus has not been evaluated, you should be seen by a neurologist and consider a ct scan to evaluate for acoustic neuroma.

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