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Is subjective tinnitus serious?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Subjective tinnitus - ringing, buzzing, or other noise in your ears - can signal a serious underlying problem such as an infection or tumor. More commonly, though, subjective tinnitus is a side effect of hearing loss or some medications. The annoying noise itself may cause serious problems, including insomnia and depression.

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