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Can high blood pressure cause tinnitus?

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High blood pressure and things that raise it in the short term -- like stress, alcohol, and caffeine -- can trigger tinnitus. Hardening of the arteries can also play a role. Blood vessels close to your middle and inner ear become less stretchy, so your blood flow is stronger and seems louder.

SOURCES:

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) (Beyond the Basics)."

Mayo Clinic:  "Symptoms and causes."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Tinnitus."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

SOURCES:

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) (Beyond the Basics)."

Mayo Clinic:  "Symptoms and causes."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Tinnitus."

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on December 15, 2018

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