Often, patients will ask us what caused their tinnitus, and while the exact cause of tinnitus is not always known, but some common causes include:
Exposure to loud noise, such as in a work environment or at a concert, can damage the inner ear and lead to tinnitus that is temporary or permanent.
As people age, they may experience hearing loss, which can lead to tinnitus.
Excessive earwax can cause tinnitus.
Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that can cause tinnitus, along with vertigo and hearing loss.
Many medications, such as aspirin, can cause tinnitus as a side effect. Before ceasing or altering your dosage of any medication, it is important to consult with the physician that prescribed it to you.
Injuries to the head or neck can cause tinnitus. In our practice, we have seen many patients experience tinnitus, auditory processing issues, and balance issues as a result of concussions and head injuries.
High blood pressure can cause tinnitus and is something to consult with a physician about.
Stress, anxiety, and fatigue can not only cause tinnitus, but also exacerbate it.
Salt, sugar, caffeine, and sometimes alcohol can cause or exacerbate tinnitus.
Through testing and discussion, an audiologist or physician can help you determine which of the above factors are causing or exacerbating your tinnitus and then help you to put a plan in place to alleviate the symptoms.
If tinnitus is affecting your quality of life, the first step to do is make an appointment for a tinnitus evaluation. We have a long history of helping people manage their tinnitus and they are some of our most rewarding success stories.
Recently, a patient by the name of “Patricia” successfully completed a 12-session course of one-on-one auditory training with one of our audiologists, Dr. Alexandra Taylor and we believe her case is a wonderful example of the benefits of auditory training.
There are various types of help available for people who experience tinnitus.