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What triggers tinnitus?

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Triggers include:

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Loud noises like concerts, sporting events, machinery, or backfiring engines
  • Sinus pressure from sinus or ear infections, cold, flu, or allergies
  • Too much earwax
  • Certain medications like aspirin, antibiotics, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Migraines and other headaches
  • High blood pressure and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Jaw problems
  • Other medical issues like head and neck injuries, fibromyalgia, Lyme disease, changes in your inner ear bones, and an inner ear disorder called Meniere's disease.

From: Tinnitus: What’s That Noise? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Tinnitus."

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

FamilyDoctor.org: "Tinnitus."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes."

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

Mayo Clinic: "Tinnitus: Symptoms and causes," "Tinnitus: Diagnosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tinnitus and Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Tinnitus."

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

FamilyDoctor.org: "Tinnitus."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes."

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

Mayo Clinic: "Tinnitus: Symptoms and causes," "Tinnitus: Diagnosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tinnitus and Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

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