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    What are the possible underlying causes of tinnitus?

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    Dr. Smariti Kapila

    Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon

    Dr Kapila is an ENT Surgeon, who manages many general ENT issues such as: Snoring Tonsillitis Ear infections - otitis media and externa Glue ear … View Profile

    Tinnitus is sound, in one or both ears, which affects up to 25% of people aged over 70 years.

    It can be:

    • Objective - a ‘real’ sound generated by the body 
    for example - pulsing noise due to high blood pressure, arterial or venous growths or abnormal anatomy, small muscle spasms in the ear/mouth
    • Subjective - a sound in the absence of ‘real’ source from the body
    for example - inner ear hearing loss resulting in electrical signal abnormality and the perception of sound

    Tinnitus is often a simple result of hearing loss as one ages, however can represent a new one-sided hearing loss as the first sign of a growth or tumour, or a potentially serious vascular (blood vessel) problem.  This is why it is important to have any tinnitus properly assessed and investigated.

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    Sophia John

    HealthShare Member

    Loud Noise Exposure
    Adverse reactions to medications
    Anaemia and overactive thyroid
    These are some other causes for Tinnitus

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