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What causes vertigo and tinnitus?

What causes vertigo and tinnitus?

Many things: While inner ear problems like meniere's are on the list, the list is long and includes migraines. Only a good medical evaluation by your doctor, testing, and possibly ENT or neurology evaluations can really answer this. ...Read more

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Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

A persistent noise in the ears. Can be of unknown origin, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerves, ...Read more


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What are possible causes of ringing of ears?

What are possible causes of ringing of ears?

Tinnitus: You would need to be evaluated by your otolaryngologist and your audiologist to get more info about the cause. Loud noises and head injuries are two common reasons for chronic tinnitus. ...Read more

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What causes tinnitus?

What causes tinnitus?

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

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Is pulsatile tinnitus a symptom of migraine associated vertigo/vestibular migraine?

Is pulsatile tinnitus a symptom of migraine associated vertigo/vestibular migraine?

Pulsatile tinnitus: A number of health problems can cause the tinnitus. In many cases, an exact cause is never found. Rec.: see your PCP or ENT for further investigation. It is not a symptom of the migraine. ...Read more

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Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

Possible causes of chronic ear pain?

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 more

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What are possible causes of earache, headache and lightheadedness?

What are possible causes of earache, headache and lightheadedness?

Infection: It is possible that you have an ear or sinus infection causing those symptoms - see your doctor to find out. ...Read more

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Possible causes of sudden hearing loss?

Possible causes of sudden hearing loss?

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 more

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What are causes of sudden earfullness+sound distorion & tinnitus,goes after a few hours,audiogram normal,no eustachian tube dysfunction?

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

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What are the causes of ear ringing?

What are the causes of ear ringing?

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 more

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Is increasingly worsening tinnitus cause for concern?What are some of the causes of an increased volume or persistence of ringing?

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 more

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Intercranial hypertension for a year. 24/7 pulsatile tinnitus. Headaches this week worse but pulsatile tinnitus improved Possible reasons?

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

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What are the only ear infections that cause dizziness labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis?

What are the only ear infections that cause dizziness labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis?

Middle and Inner: By definition, anything behind the tympanic membrane can end up affecting balance, dizziness/ vertigo. Outer ear infection usually does not affect balance, but is very painful, and severe pain can cause dizziness. ...Read more

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Severe migraines. Is loud music the possible cause?

Severe migraines. Is loud music the possible cause?

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 more

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Could a large buildup of ear wax cause tinnitis and vertigo?

Could a large buildup of ear wax cause tinnitis and vertigo?

Possible: Yes, if you have impacted wax against the ear drum, it is possible to have tinnitus and vertigo. It is uncommon, but possible. It is imperative that you have an ENT physician properly clean out the wax and see if your symptoms disappear. ...Read more

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I'm having problems with my ears. Some symptoms include a twitching eardrum, ringing, dizziness, pressure and hearing loss. What could be the cause?

I'm having problems with my ears. Some symptoms include a twitching eardrum, ringing, dizziness, pressure and hearing loss. What could be the cause?

See doctor: This sounds serious. You should see an otolaryngologist (ear, nose, throat specialist) right away. If you cannot get into see a specialist right away, see a general doctor or go to the E.R. Right away. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause pulsatile tinnitus and ear blockage?

Can TMJ cause pulsatile tinnitus and ear blockage?

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 more

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What are the major causes of benign positional vertigo?

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

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in ears = tinnitus = ...Read more