Tinnitus Causes

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Doctor's View on Tinnitus Causes

Comment by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, hissing, or roaring sound that you hear in one or both ears. It is caused when cells in part of your inner ear are damaged, and they send signals to the brain making you think you are hearing things that are not there. This condition can occur in adults and in children.

There are several causes of tinnitus, including:

  • normal aging,
  • hearing loss,
  • loud noise (for example, from construction work such as jackhammers, gunfire, loud music at concerts, etc.),
  • medications (including some antibiotics, anti-seizure medicines, and painkillers),
  • head or neck injuries, and
  • certain diseases.

Other causes of tinnitus include:

  • stiffening of the bones in the middle ear (otosclerosis),
  • tumors within the auditory system,
  • blood vessels or neurologic disorders, and
  • genetic or inherited inner ear disorders.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/19/2014