Tinnitus: Causes, Diagnosis & Treatments
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What causes ringing in ears? 16 possible conditions

Tinnitus is the medical term for a ringing or buzzing noise in the ears. Most people refer to tinnitus as “ringing in the ears.” However, you may hear more than just ringing. If you have tinnitus, you may also hear: roaring buzzing whistling hissing... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

Labyrinthitis

Labyrinthitis is an inner ear disorder in which a nerve that detects head movement becomes inflamed. Symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, and nausea.

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2

Menieres Disease

Meniere's disease is a disorder of the inner ear. It's not known what causes it, but there are a variety of treatments available to help with the symptoms.

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3

Eardrum Rupture

An eardrum rupture is a small hole or tear in your eardrum, or tympanic membrane. The tympanic membrane is a thin tissue that divides your middle ear and outer ear canal. This membrane vibrates when sound waves ente...

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4

Earwax Blockage

An earwax blockage is when your earwax either hardens or pushes too far into your ear canal.

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5

Age-Related Hearing Loss

For aging adults over 65, hearing loss is a common condition. Here's what causes it and what you need to know.

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6

Foreign Body in Ear

In medical terms, a foreign object is something that is in the body but does not belong there. It may be inserted into the body accidentally or intentionally.

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7

High Blood Pressure Overview

High blood pressure (hypertension) increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, coronary heart disease, and other serious health problems.

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8

Head Injury

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A head injury is an injury to your brain, skull, or scalp. All head injuries should be treated seriously and assessed by a doctor.

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9

Concussion

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. Usually it occurs after an impact to your head or after a whiplash-type injury. A concussion can cause many severe symptoms that affect brain function.

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10

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders

Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorders are problems with the joints and muscles that connect the lower jaw to the skull on both sides of the head right below the ears that cause tenderness in the joint, facia...

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11

Hearing Loss

Hearing loss occurs when you're unable to partially or completely hear sound in one or both ears.

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12

Bell’s Palsy

Bell's palsy causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. Learn about its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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13

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia occurs when you're pregnant and you have high blood pressure and protein in your urine. It can be dangerous for both you and your baby.

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14

Acoustic Neuroma

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumor that grows on the nerve that connects your brain and your ear.

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15

Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2)

Neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2) is a disorder that causes tumors to form on nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Learn about symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment.

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16

Acoustic Trauma

Acoustic trauma is an injury to the inner ear that's often caused by exposure to a high-decibel noise. Learn about the symptoms and treatment options.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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