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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. William Culviner
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Tinnitus (Definition)

A persistent noise in your 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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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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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 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

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Does tinnitus cause cyst in the parotid gland?

Does tinnitus cause cyst in the parotid gland?

No: Tinnitus is a symptom where you hear noise that is not present in your environment. Cyst in the parotid develops independent of that. ...Read more

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How is the treatment for multiple sclerosis? Will my tinnitus (caused by multiple sclerosis) go away after i treat it?

How is the treatment for multiple sclerosis? Will my tinnitus (caused by multiple sclerosis) go away after i treat it?

Hard to predict.: If you have Multiple Sclerosis, you should be using specific MS medication, and do NOT understand why you are using ginkgo, which is totally useless for any neurological disease. Tinnitus may be due to inner ear issue and best to evaluate using audiological/ otological testing. ...Read more

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Is there a way to reduce tinnitus caused by Chiari malformation? Its my only troublesome symptom. Sometimes they ring bad sometimes it's very bearable

Is there a way to reduce tinnitus caused by Chiari malformation? Its my only troublesome symptom. Sometimes they ring bad sometimes it's very bearable

Muscle spasms: muscle spasms in the neck from any cause, including arnold chiari can cause ringing in the ears. The only semi reliable treatment I have found is botox. Surgery for the Arnold Chiari in my experience makes it worst. ...Read more

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Is it usual for the pulsatile tinnitus caused by IIH to go away when pressing on the neck, and return once you let go?

Is it usual for the pulsatile tinnitus caused by IIH to go away when pressing on the neck, and return once you let go?

Yes: When you press on your neck you are reducing the blood flow to the brain, so the tinnitus stops. When you relax your pressure the blood flow return to its usual state so the tinnitus returns. Talk to your doctor about treatment alternatives. ...Read more

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Is tinnitus caused by ear wax?

No: The causes of tinnitus is very numerous including noise exposure, head trauma, medications, and infections. Ear wax, though it can make tinnitus more conspicuous by making internal sounds more obvious, is not known to provoke tinnitus. ...Read more

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Can a myringotomy worsen existing tinnitus (cause unknown)? Myringotomy to alleviate excruciating ear pressure

Can a myringotomy worsen existing tinnitus (cause unknown)? Myringotomy to alleviate excruciating ear pressure

2 questions: Myringotomy can not have an effect on tinnitus unless you have middle ear fluid. Tinnitus is now considered a central (brain synchronicity problem). The pressure question again can only answered by the middle ear being full of thick fluid causing pressure and hearing loss. Middle ear fluid rarely causes excruciating ear pressure unless you have pus under pressure. You need accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is it possible that tinnitus cause throat tightness?

Is it possible that  tinnitus cause throat tightness?

Possibly: Tinnitus & throat tightness may have common cause involving the eustacian tube (connects middle ear to the throat). It functions as a drain & pressure equalizer for the middle ear. Tinnitus occurs in 10-20% of people esp as they get older. Holding your nostrils & gently blowing against a closed mouth may relieve pressure. If it persists it is best to consult your doctor to determine cause & tx. ...Read more

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Tinnitus caused by retracted tympanic membrane will go away? How do I treat it? My doctor told me to try vasalva technique and take nose drops.

Tinnitus caused by retracted tympanic membrane will go away? How do I treat it? My doctor told me to try vasalva technique and take nose drops.

Likely temporary: Tinnitus may be caused by multiple etiologies: Hearing loss, noise exposure, medication side effects, allergies, eustachian tube dysfunction, trauma, infection to name a few. Valsalva (autoinsufflation), decongestant, nasal steroid spray and time usually suffice. Occasionally a temporary oral steroid will hasten resolution. If persistent audiogram and ENT (otolaryngology) follow up is warreted ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Ringing In Ears (Definition)

Ringing in ears = tinnitus = ...Read more