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Possible Causes Of Pulsatile Tinnitus
What kinds of things cause unilateral tinnitus (had this for years) and asymmetrical hearing loss? Causes other than acoustic neuroma?
Problems inner ear: Tinnitus is located usually within the inner ear auditory apparatus, but referred sounds could be due to extra cranial vasculature stenosis, or even transmitted cardiac sounds. Rarely, arteriovascular malformations cause tinnitus-like issues, and hyperthyroidism may cause venous hums. ...Read more
Ear Pain: Infections (internal and external), ear wax, throat infections, vascular issues, TMJ problems, dental infections, salivary gland problems and numerous other diagnoses can be involved. See your doctor who may refer you to an ENT specialist in some cases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many possibilities: Common innocuous causes are wax, ear fluid/infection, etc. Relatively emergent causes would be either viral or ischemic (loss of blood flow to inner ear). Unfortunately, it is difficult to distinguish for the patient what the cause of their loss may be, so the prudent thing to do is see an ENT immediately if your primary md doesn't seen an obvious cause. Early treatment may improve recovery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What are causes of sudden earfullness+sound distorion & tinnitus,goes after a few hours,audiogram normal,no eustachian tube dysfunction?
Sound distortion: The audiogram and eustachian tube may be dysfunctional but a good Ear specialist should be able to take care of your concerns. If that specialist is not helpful please have someone you know set up an appointment with another ENT specialist. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted. ...Read more
Local nerve damage: Tinnitus is ringing in the ears caused by damage to the hearing nerve. It can come from a one-time event (rock concert) or multiple events over time. It is typically heard at the frequency of the damage. It is essentially the brain thinking it heard a sound at that frequency when there is no sound. The brain hears it because of the damage and does not always resolve completely. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is increasingly worsening tinnitus cause for concern?What are some of the causes of an increased volume or persistence of ringing?
Persistent Tinnitus: Great quest. Although tinnitus is a common (typically benign) condition, it is worth mentioning any changes to a specialist. It can result from a # of diff causes (meds, vascular, neurologic) but most are idiopathic (unknown cause). Standard eval inclds a hearing test, followed by an ENT exam. History is important, so before your visit, try to write down all your sympt's & what makes better/worse. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Intercranial hypertension for a year. 24/7 pulsatile tinnitus. Headaches this week worse but pulsatile tinnitus improved Possible reasons?
Worsening ICH?: Anytime an individual with ICH gets worsening headaches (more severe, more frequent, more prolonged) or new symptoms like vision loss, they need to find out, without delay, if the intracranial pressure is getting higher. I prefer to call the condition "Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension" (IIC) since it can be anything but benign if not treated properly. Contact your treating doctor ASAP. ...Read more
Could hydrocephalus be related to recurring sudden unilateral hearing losses with almost complete recovery, intermittent tinnitus or ear congestion?
Definitely a trigger: A variety of external and internal factors can trigger a migraine attack in certain individuals who may have a genetic or neurochemical predisposition to migraine. External triggers such as weather-related changes, high humidity, high altitude, sensory input such as glaring or flashing lights, sunlight, loud noises, and exposure to odors, head trauma, and stress have all been implicated in migrain ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm having problems with my ears. Some symptoms include a twitching eardrum, ringing, dizziness, pressure and hearing loss. What could be the cause?
Yes: Jaw muscle dysfunction is the most common cause of jaw and ear pain, ear ringing and stuffiness. Other causes include inflammation of the jaw joint/s, headache disorders, salivary gland disease, and ear infections. Some medical illnesses can also exhibit these symptoms. Try warm compresses over the jaws, antylenol or advil (ibuprofen). Consult an orofacial pain dentist for a proper diagnosis and treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Loose otoconia: The most accepted hypothesis for benign positional vertigo is loose otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) from the utricle ( a structure in the inner ear). When you move your head in a critical position, these crystals move and stimulate the inner ear balance mechanism and the room spins around (vertigo) for 10 to 30 seconds. It is usually self limited and can respond to head exercises. ...Read more
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