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What conditions and illnesses can lead to tinnitus?

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  • A variety of other conditions and illnesses can lead to tinnitus, including: Blockages of the ear because of a buildup of wax, an ear infection, or rarely, a benign tumor of the nerve that allows us to hear (auditory nerve)
  • Certain drugs -- most notably aspirin, several types of antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, sedatives, and antidepressants, as well as quinine medications
  • The natural aging process, which can cause deterioration of the cochlea or other parts of the ear
  • Meniere's disease, which affects the inner part of the ear
  • Otosclerosis, a disease that results in stiffening of the small bones in the middle ear
  • Other medical conditions such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, circulatory problems, anemia, allergies, an underactive thyroid gland, autoimmune disease, and diabetes
  • Neck or jaw problems, such as temporomandibular joint syndrome
  • Injuries to the head and neck

From: Understanding Tinnitus -- the Basics WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Tinnitus Foundation. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The Mayo Clinic. University of Texas Medical Branch.



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 15, 2017

SOURCES: American Tinnitus Foundation. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. The Mayo Clinic. University of Texas Medical Branch.



Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 15, 2017

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