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Will a viral respiratory infection cause tinnitus to get worse?

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Dr. Harold Kim
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Possibly

Respiratory infections can cause the retention of fluid behind the ear drum. This can result in some hearing loss.
This can increase the conspicuousness of tinnitus. Furthermore, this fluid can have toxins also possibly producing tinnitus when none was previously present.

In brief: Possibly

Respiratory infections can cause the retention of fluid behind the ear drum. This can result in some hearing loss.
This can increase the conspicuousness of tinnitus. Furthermore, this fluid can have toxins also possibly producing tinnitus when none was previously present.
Dr. Harold Kim
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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: Yes

Usually upper respiratory viral illnesses/infection cause inflammation of the nasal cavity and eustachian tube.
This inflammation leads to swelling of the opening of the eustachian tube. While swollen, the eustachian tube doesn't open as often or as efficiently as it should. This absence of air can lead to worsening of tinnitus. It should improve when the cold resolves.

In brief: Yes

Usually upper respiratory viral illnesses/infection cause inflammation of the nasal cavity and eustachian tube.
This inflammation leads to swelling of the opening of the eustachian tube. While swollen, the eustachian tube doesn't open as often or as efficiently as it should. This absence of air can lead to worsening of tinnitus. It should improve when the cold resolves.
Dr. Dennis Diaz
Dr. Dennis Diaz
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