How do other illnesses affect subjective tinnitus?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Subjective tinnitus - a ringing, buzzing, or other noise in the ears - can be caused or worsened by certain illnesses. Meniere's disease, a disease of the inner ear, can cause subjective tinnitus. So can ear infections, meningitis, and some other illnesses. Certain medications you may take for other illnesses can cause subjective tinnitus, including large doses of aspirin, diuretics, some malaria medicines, antibiotics, and cancer drugs. Depression can make tinnitus seem worse.

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