Shocking Causes of Tinnitus

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a national health study stating that at least 45,000,000 American face pain and a ringing sound in the ears due to tinnitus. Almost one third find it so unnerving that they start looking for possible help with medical attention. We offer diagnosis and proper treatment in Oklahoma City for people with Tinnitus and many other ailments associated with hearing. However, if the ringing sound is your problem, you should know the possible causes.

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About Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a medical term which refers to sound perception in one ear or both when there is no sound in the environment. While exact nature of tinnitus has not been proven; it can help to quickly understand the symptoms, causes or diseases associated with the ringing-in-the-ear sensation, in order to manage or block them. Get the treatment for Tinnitus in Oklahoma City, before it affects you further.

Common Causes

It is important to look at the causes of the ringing sensation when so many people suffer from tinnitus. Although many cases of tinnitus are never linked to the underlying cause, there are common causes which generally worsen it:

  • Age: Hearing sensitivity can begin to deteriorate at the age of 60. Presbycusis, hearing loss, associated with natural aging, and tinnitus may also occur.

  • Unhealthy habits: Researchers aren't entirely certain why, but tinnitus can be influenced by alcohol, cigarettes, certain foods, and caffeine.

  • Loud Noise: The exposure to heavy equipment, chain saws or firearms or loud occupational noises is a common cause of tinnitus. However, you can still suffer from the effects of noise exposure by playing loud music via headphones, attending live music performances often and participating in noisy hobbies even when you don't work in a noisy environment.

  • Earbone Change: Bone growth (otosclerosis) in your middle ear can affect the ear and cause tinnitus. This disease, caused by an abnormal growth in bones, usually occurs in with a genetic predispostion.

  • Existing Problems: Conditions which can lead to tinnitus are anemia, high blood pressure, allergies, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, circulatory problems, and an inactive thyroid gland.

  • Earwax Blockage: By trapping dirt and decreasing the growth of bacteria, earwax protects your ear canal. For too much earwax accumulation, natural washing can be too hard, causing loss of hearing ability or tinnitus.

Not So Common Causes

  • Head injuries or neck injuries: The inner ear, nerves or brain function is associated with hearing and can be influenced by head or neck trauma. Such injuries likely cause tinnitus in one ear.

  • Meniere's disease: Meniere's disease is a disorder in the inner ear that is caused by abnormal pressure in inner ear fluid. It can be indicated by Tinnitus.

  • TMJ disorders: Problems with the temporomandibular joint, where your lower jawbone meets your skull, can result in tinnitus.

  • Muscle spasms: The inner ear can become tense (contraction) with muscles, which can lead to tinnitus, hearing loss and fullness of the ear. This is often not explanable but may be caused by multiple sclerosis or neurologic diseases.

  • Acoustic neuroma: This noncancerous tumor develops on the cranial nerve that controls balance and hearing. When this condition occurs, it causes tinnitus in only one ear. It is also called vestibular schwannoma.

  • Eustachian tube dysfunction: In this state, your ear tube that connects the middle ear with your top throat remains expanded continuously so that your ear can feel full. Loss of weight, pregnancy and radiation treatments can sometimes cause such dysfunction.

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Responsible Blood Vessel Disorder

In seldom cases, a blood vessel disorder causes tinnitus. This type of tinnitus is known as tinnitus pulsatile. Include causes:

  • Atherosclerosis: With age and growth in cholesterol and other deposits, large blood vessels lose its elasticity in your ear— the ability to bend or slightly expand at every heartbeat. This increases the blood flow and makes the detection of beats easier for your ear. This type of tinnitus can usually be heard in both ears.

  • High blood pressure: Tinnitus may be more apparent by hypertension and blood pressure factors such as stress, alcohol and caffeine.

  • Tumors in head and neck: Tinnitus and other symptoms can be caused by tumors that presses blood vessels in your head or neck.

  • Malformation of capillaries: An abnormal connection between arteries and the veins, called arteriospheric malformation, can lead to tinnitus. Tinnitus is usually found in just one ear.

  • Turbulent blood flow: Narrowing in the artery of your neck (carotid artery) or veins (jugular vein) may lead to tinnitus, by turbulent irregular blood flow.

Responsible Medications

Some drugs can cause or exacerbate tinnitus. In general, the higher the dose, the worse the tinnitus. Often when you stop using these drugs, unwanted noise disappears. Drugs that are known to cause or exacerbate tinnitus include:

  • Antibiotics,

  • Cancer medications,

  • Water pills (diuretics),

  • Quinine medications,

  • Certain antidepressants,

  • High dose of Aspirin

If you or your loved ones face symptoms of tinnitus, seek treatment in Oklahoma City. We are Oklahoma Hearing Center where our team focuses on the problems related to hearing. Hence, regardless of what problem you are having with your hearing capability, come to us for diagnosis and required treatment.

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