Is objective tinnitus serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Objective tinnitus can be a symptom of a serious disorder. In objective tinnitus, you hear noises in your ears because your blood vessels or muscles are actually making noise. This can be caused by several serious underlying problems, including atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in the arteries), high blood pressure, a tumor, or muscle twitches brought on by conditions such as multiple sclerosis.

In other cases, the cause of objective tinnitus is harmless-but in some patients, the annoying noises may cause their own serious problems, including insomnia, exhaustion, and depression.

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