Tinnitus causes

Tinnitus causes There are many reasons a person may get tinnitus in either one or both ears. There are both physical and psychological causes that trigger or exacerbate the condition.

Physical:

- A build up in earwax which affects the way sound travels through your ear, even just ambient room noise. - A middle ear infection. A common one is Otitis Media which is more common in younger children of 6-18 months. - A Glue ear which is called Otitis Media with Effusion. The Middle ear fills with fluid and the 3 bones can't move freely and so cause hard of hearing. The fluid is though to be a problem with the Eustachian tube which connects the middle ear to the throat. - Otosclerosis, an inherited condition where abnormal bone growth with the 3 bones in the middle ear causes hearing loss. - Otosclerosis also can result in the growth of spongy bone in the inner ear that causes progressive hearing loss. - Anaemia - When blood has increased circulation to a point where it can be heard circulating. This can be caused by reduced number of red blood cells. - A perforated Eardrum - A hole or tear in the ear drum that is uncomfortable but heals by itself within 2 months usually.

Rarer Causes:

- A head injury - Exposure to very loud or sudden loud noise or noises such as rapid gunfire or explosions. - Acoustic neuroma - This is a non-cancerous growth that affects the hearing nerve within the inner ear - Adverse reactions or exceeded dosages to medication such as antibiotics, aspirin etc... - Solvent abuse, Drug misuse and alcohol misuse. - Hypertension (high blood pressure) and Atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries) - Paget's Disease - where the normal cycle of bone renewal and repair is disrupted leading to brittle bones in the middle ear.

Psychological:

- Stress - Anxiety - Poor Health can trigger some physical conditions above

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