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Can ringing in the ears cause sleep apnea?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
7 doctors agree
In brief: Tinnitus/Sleep Apnea
Tinnitus can be 'loud" and will typically cause difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
If you think you have sleep apnea please see your primary doctor so that a sleep study can be performed.

In brief: Tinnitus/Sleep Apnea
Tinnitus can be 'loud" and will typically cause difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
If you think you have sleep apnea please see your primary doctor so that a sleep study can be performed.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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Dr. Russell Faust
Ringing in the ears - tinnitus - can cause sleeplessness, or insomnia, but will not cause you to stop breathing, or apnea. If you may have apnea, please see your doc.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Tinnitus may be a sign of TMD. TMD and OSA are closely related, probably different manifestations of a common etiology. The relationship is not cause and effect. I would rexommend evaluation for TMD
Dr. Robert Owen
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: No
Sleep apnea results from partial obstruction of the upper airway (nose, palate, tongue) and has no relation to the ears or tinnitis.

In brief: No
Sleep apnea results from partial obstruction of the upper airway (nose, palate, tongue) and has no relation to the ears or tinnitis.
Dr. Robert Owen
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Tinnitus may be a sign of TMD, temporomandibular disorders. There is a definite correlation between OSA and TMD, but not cause and effect. I would recommend evaluation by someone trained in TMD,Either a dentist oral surgeon or ENT
Dr. Gary Lederman
In OSA, one "partial obstruction" occurs when the lower jaw falls back (distally). MAD devices help OSA by holding the mandible in a more forward position, thereby pulling the tongue and pharyngeal wall forward, opening the airway. The same pathologic jaw pattern, posterior jaw closure pattern, is a very common feature of TMD.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dentistry
3 doctors agree
In brief: Related symptoms
Ringing ears, or tinnitus, are a sign of a TMJ problem. There is a high correlation between the incidence of tmdisorders and the development of obstructive sleep apnea.
While the ringing does not cause the apnea, a common cause may be responsible for both.

In brief: Related symptoms
Ringing ears, or tinnitus, are a sign of a TMJ problem. There is a high correlation between the incidence of tmdisorders and the development of obstructive sleep apnea.
While the ringing does not cause the apnea, a common cause may be responsible for both.
Dr. Gary Lederman
Dr. Gary Lederman
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2 doctors agree
In brief: No but...
Normally tinnitus is a symptom that is poorly understood, but if tinnitus is severe enough, i suppose that your reactions to the ear ringing can affect your entire mind-body complex.
If your immune system is compromised, then you may eat more, weight gain, sleep less, and develop other habits that may lend themselves to creating sleep apnea.

In brief: No but...
Normally tinnitus is a symptom that is poorly understood, but if tinnitus is severe enough, i suppose that your reactions to the ear ringing can affect your entire mind-body complex.
If your immune system is compromised, then you may eat more, weight gain, sleep less, and develop other habits that may lend themselves to creating sleep apnea.
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
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Dr. Carlo Hatem
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: No
Not related.

In brief: No
Not related.
Dr. Carlo Hatem
Dr. Carlo Hatem
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Dr. Gary Lederman
I believe that are closely related, but not causally
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Reverse
There is some link between sleep apnea and hearing loss .
Tinnitus or ear ringing usually is a sign of hearing loss. Mechanism could be noise trauma or inflammation caused by osa.

In brief: Reverse
There is some link between sleep apnea and hearing loss .
Tinnitus or ear ringing usually is a sign of hearing loss. Mechanism could be noise trauma or inflammation caused by osa.
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
Dr. Ofer Jacobowitz
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Dr. Gary Lederman
Tinnitus may be a sign of TMD. As OSA and TMD are related and correlated, all patients with OSA or TMD should be evaluated for the other condition
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