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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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Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in the ears (tinnitus) is a symptom in which a person has a persistent noise in his ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more


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Tinnitus is a high pitched sound. what can tinnitus cause?

Tinnitus is a high pitched sound. what can tinnitus cause?

Hearing loss: Although the question should more appropriately be what causes tinnitus, the best answer to give you is that in some patients at the beginning of their awareness of the sound in the ear, they become depressed, anxious and unhappy. Tinnitus does not cause anything else. But the presence of tinnitus, particularly, unilateral tinnitus rarely can be associated with an acoustic tumor. ...Read more

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So is tinnitus caused by one loud exposure, in my case empty bb gun, more likely to go away over time then not going away at all?

Yes: One loud noise exposure from a gun is enough to cause tinnitus. It may resolve but there is no way of knowing. Also determine if you have developed a high frequency hearing loss. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus cause headaches ?

Can tinnitus cause headaches ?

Not usually: Unless the tinnitus is associated with an enlarging acoustic neuroma, there is no other relationship. Tinnitus involves degeneration of the hearing, and headaches are due to non-ear etiologies. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus cause you to become deaf?

Can tinnitus cause you to become deaf?

No: The origin of tinnitus is in the central auditory pathways of the brain. As such it does not lead to deafness. However, most people with loud tinnitus can notice some hearing loss because the brain producing noise will mask the environmental sound from being perceived. Particularly if the tinnitus is loud. ...Read more

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How to diagnose tinnitus caused by cervical (neck) issue? Which medical professional should I consult?

How to diagnose tinnitus caused by cervical (neck) issue? Which medical professional should I consult?

Neck?: Tinnitus is a phenomenon involving the VIIIth cranial nerve, which is nowhere near your neck. I fail to see how a neck "issue" (whatever that means) could have anything to do with it. Tinnitus usually falls within the purview of otorhinolaryngology. ...Read more

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Can tinnitus cause hearing loss?

Related: We usually think of it as the other way around. But, there can be tinnitus with normal hearing. Get a formal hearing test from an ent/audiology team and see what's really going on. There are ways to treat tinnitus without surgery. ...Read more

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Is tinnitus caused by TMJ permanent? Is exercise of back and neck a good home remedy for tmj?

Is tinnitus caused by TMJ permanent? Is exercise of back and neck a good home remedy for tmj?

No: get both your ear and TMJ checked for unresolved infection. Get your TMJ checked for joint loading. Sometimes both issues are at play causing the ear ringing. ...Read more

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Tinnitus causes? Not sure if it is a coincidence, but the right side of my nasal cavity is a bit stuffed up the last 3 days.

It's a coincidence: Tinnitus has several possible causes. If you're concerned, you should look up the differential diagnosis. In the absence of symptoms or signs referable to adjacent cranial nerves, I would be most concerned about hearing loss. A primary care doc can do a quick & dirty in-office hearing test or, if (s)he thinks it's indicated, can refer you for an audiogram & also possibly an electronystagmogram. ...Read more

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Is the tinnitus caused by celexa (citalopram) temporary? I got rid of it before but I dint remember how it disappeared. It was very difficult for awhile

Is the tinnitus caused by celexa (citalopram) temporary? I got rid of it before but I dint remember how it disappeared. It was very difficult for awhile

Ear ringing: ear ringing is typically due to toxin, pathogen, or allergen in the TM joint, or ear. Sometimes biomechanical factors associated with the TM joint can cause ear ringing. Get checked ...Read more

Dr. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

Tinnitus is when a person has a persistent noise in his ear or ears. Tinnitus can be of unknown cause, or can be caused by hearing damage, tumors, problems in the brain or hearing nerve, ...Read more