Tinnitus is a mysterious but very real affliction. Understanding what causes your tinnitus is the first step in dealing with this condition that causes discomfort to many of those afflicted with it. Although it is not a disease, the underlying causes can make it difficult to deal with the symptoms. Using the the tips below, you can identify what is causing your tinnitus and work on ways to experience relief from the symptoms.
Consistent exposure to loud noise is one of the major causes of tinnitus. Well after the noise is gone, people will experience ringing and other noises that are not from external sources. If you are working where there are lots of loud noises present, it is common to experience tinnitus well after the workday is done.
Blockages from ear wax and dirt can result in tinnitus. The earwax or dirt can be lodged deep in the ear canal so it is best to go to a doctor to have it removed. Never stick objects in your ear to try to clear blockages. This could result in damage to the eardrum or push the blockages further inside the ear canal causing more blockage.
On occasion the ear bone will experience abnormal growth. This can cause restrictions of the sound waves within the ear canal and lead to tinnitus.
On occasion stress and depression cause tinnitus. Oftentimes, people who experience tinnitus will have the symptoms of depression and stress, but other times the depression and stress will actually cause the tinnitus. Prolonged tinnitus has been known to cause musical hallucinations, irritability, and fatigue.
Head and neck injuries have been known to cause tinnitus. The human body is complex, and injuries to these areas can cause the tinnitus to appear from shock to the body, pinched nerves in the neck, and fluid build up from head trauma.
Blood pressure and other blood diseases can cause a person to experience tinnitus. This is called pulsatile tinnitus. It is objective in nature and is caused by increased blood turbulence or altered blood flow within the ear. The person may be able to perceive increased awareness of their blood flow within the ear canal. It has been known to be a symptom of carotid artery aneurysm which is a potentially life-threatening condition.
Some medications will cause temporary tinnitus. Aspirin and some antibiotics may cause subjective tinnitus. There are over 250 medications that list tinnitus as one of the side effects when there is no underlying physical cause involved. These are usually temporary, and when the medication is stopped, the tinnitus goes away as well.
There are many diseases in which tinnitus is a side effect. Meniere’s disease, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, Lyme disease, and fibromyalgia have all been known to cause tinnitus to some degree.
Exposure to lead and mercury have been linked to tinnitus. People who have been exposed to these two heavy metals have been known to experience tinnitus of various levels.
The tips above should help you identify the causes of tinnitus so that you can narrow down what is causing your symptom. The main thing to consider is that many of the causes of tinnitus are very serious and life-threatening diseases and afflictions, so if you are experiencing tinnitus, you need to visit your doctor immediately to find out its cause and eliminate any serious problems.