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How do other illnesses affect objective tinnitus?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Objective tinnitus-a rare type of noise in the ears-is caused by a variety of underlying conditions, which may or may not be serious. For example, you may hear your heartbeat in your ears if you have atherosclerosis (a buildup of plaque in the arteries), high blood pressure or a tumor or malformation in your blood vessels. Or you may hear a clicking noise caused by muscle spasms near the ears, which can in turn be caused by a head injury, tumor or a disorder such as multiple sclerosis.

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