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What are some common symptoms or tinnitus, and what causes it?

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When you hear ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, or clicking that isn't really there, you probably have tinnitus. About 15% of Americans have some form of it.

More than 200 disorders can cause it. Common ones are:

  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Certain drugs
  • Common cold
  • Earwax buildup
  • Head or neck injury
  • Meniere's disease
  • Noise-induced hearing loss
  • Sinus pressure
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ

There's no specific cure for it, but some treatments can help.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Ear Wax and Care."

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Ear Wax."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes," "Treatment Options," "Understanding the Facts."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

Mayo Clinic: "Airplane Ear," "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Age-Related Hearing Loss," "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 4, 2020

SOURCES:

American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery: "Ear Wax and Care."

American Hearing Research Foundation: "Ear Wax."

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Causes of Hearing Loss in Adults."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes," "Treatment Options," "Understanding the Facts."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

Mayo Clinic: "Airplane Ear," "Meniere's Disease."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Age-Related Hearing Loss," "Noise-Induced Hearing Loss."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on September 4, 2020

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