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Can loud noises trigger tinnitus?

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Loud noises are a leading cause of tinnitus. It could be something you hear every day for years, or something that only happens once. That includes everything from concerts and sporting events to loud machinery and backfiring engines. They can affect one or both ears, and they may cause hearing loss and pain. The damage can be permanent or temporary.

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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