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What medical problems can cause tinnitus?

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Possible medical causes include:

  • Ear and sinus infections
  • Jaw issues
  • High blood pressure
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • Changes in your inner-ear bones
  • An inner ear disorder called Meniere's disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease

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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