Should I be worried if I have objective tinnitus?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

If your doctor has diagnosed objective tinnitus-a rare type of noise in the ears-you will probably need more tests to figure out the cause. The sound you hear is being made by blood vessels or muscles near your ears, and it could point to a serious underlying disorder. Possibilities include high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in the arteries), tumors, and diseases such as multiple sclerosis that affect the muscles. However, in other cases, the cause may be harmless or unknown. In any case, worrying about it can actually make it worse, as stress and depression aggravate tinnitus.

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