Tinnitus Guide

Causes of Tinnitus:
Discover What Really Causes Tinnitus

Tiny delicate hairs in a person’s inner ear, reacting to pressure of sound waves hitting them from the outside, release electrical signals to the brain through the auditory nerves. The brain, in turn, acknowledges them as sound. But if these hairs are damaged or get mutilated, they are likely to send erratic signals to that part of the brain which is responsible for processing sound and as a result, unusual sounds (ringing, whooshing, whistling, etc.) are transmitted to the ear and the person hears these abnormal sounds, although no such sound surrounds him/her. When this happens, the person is said to be suffering from tinnitus.

However, some of the tinnitus causes described below are physical triggers of tinnitus and so, need not be considered as a root cause of this distressing disease. In fact, tinnitus causes are multi-factorial and as such, should be viewed in appropriate perspective. For instance, sinus problems that can trigger tinnitus may not be considered a root cause for creating the problem – it just works as a trigger. But high blood pressure, developed mostly due to leading a faulty lifestyle or too much stress that could have been controlled through taking a holistic approach towards solving the problem is a cogent factor as far as tinnitus is concerned.

Cause of Tinnitus – Here Are Some Of Them

  • Stress and Depression can cause tinnitus, especially when hearing test show normal results and the ear/ears are otherwise healthy. This could have been avoided had the patient taken a holistic approach to lead a healthy life.

  • Acoustic neuroma, a benign tumor can also cause tinnitus. It usually develops on the cranial nerve that runs from the brain to the inner ear and is responsible for hearing as well as controlling balance. This condition is also termed Vestibular Schwannoma. However, it usually causes tinnitus in one ear only.

  • Meniere’s disease which is an inner ear disorder sometimes causes tinnitus as well. It is probably triggered by atypical inner ear fluid pressure. Read more here.

  • Head or neck injuries resulting in neurological disorders that affect the nerves and/or brain functioning is related to hearing often cause tinnitus.

  • Senility may also cause tinnitus along with partial or complete loss of hearing. Clinically termed Presbycusis, it is usually observed from around age 60.

  • Exposure to loud noise can cause tinnitus too. People consistently exposed to loud or deafening noise as in a forging or stamping mill is likely to hear ringing tones, even when they are off-duty. Heavy bore guns shot from the shoulder has reportedly been responsible for tinnitus. Also, persons serving in night clubs playing band in full volume are prone to become victims of tinnitus.

  • Ear wax accumulation above the normal range has reportedly caused tinnitus in many people.

  • Atherosclerosis which in simple language means narrowing of the blood vessels due to cholesterol deposit can cause tinnitus when those that are close to the middle or inner ear are involved. In fact, they also lose their elasticity to accommodate the action of the heart as a result of which the impulses are heard in both the ears in forms of whoosh, hiss or other pulsating tones.

  • High blood pressure is often attributed to cause tinnitus for similar reasons. Too much deposition of cholesterol on the arteries resulting in restricted blood flow to the head or neck region basically creates the problem. A holistic approach could have nipped the problem at bud, if taken in time.

  • Tumors in the head or neck that put pressure on blood vessels in the head or neck (Vascular neoplasm) can often cause tinnitus too. Read more here .

  • Arteriovenous Malformation or AVM involving faulty connection between the arteries and veins can create tinnitus in many people. However, this usually occurs in one ear only.

Can Prescription Drugs Cause Tinnitus?

Certain types of medication can also cause tinnitus while some are responsible for worsening the condition.

Here is a brief description of some of the medications that are believed to cause tinnitus.

  • Antibiotics that include tetracycline, chloramphenicol, erythromycin, bleomycin and vancomycin.

  • Cancer medications that include mechlorethamine and vincristine

  • Diuretics that include bumetanide, ethacrynic acid, furosemide

  • Quinine medications that are used for malaria and related health conditions

Aspirin, especially when taken in high doses for prolonged period of time often gives rise to a ringing sound in the ear.

Actually the causes of tinnitus are many and this is why it is said to be a multilateral disorder. And naturally thus, the root causes of the problem need to be identified and then resolved. But sadly, conventional medications just treat the symptoms, without really trying to go deep and find these root causes and this is why, the conventional process can seldom offer any permanent cure. Holistic remedies on the other hand treat the body as a whole and apart from suggesting medications that may include even herbal products, these remedies also suggest lifestyle changes. And since the approach here is holistic and to find out the root causes and then treat them, these remedies have been so successful in cases of tinnitus .

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