What causes subjective tinnitus?

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Subjective tinnitus - hearing noise in your ears that isn't really there - is believed to be caused when something goes wrong with your ears, auditory nerves, or the part of your brain associated with hearing. This can be brought on by age, loud noise, impacted earwax, or a hereditary condition called otosclerosis that causes the middle ear bones to grow stiff.

More rarely, a stroke or multiple sclerosis can cause the underlying hearing damage. Subjective tinnitus can also be caused by a head or neck injury, a tumor, an ear or other infection, a problem with the Eustachian tubes in the ears, depression, stress, or Meniere's disease (a disease of the inner ear). Some medications can cause tinnitus or make it worse, including large doses of aspirin, diuretics, malaria drugs, and some antibiotics and cancer drugs.

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Tinnitus

Tinnitus (pronounced TINN-uh-tus or tinn-I-tus) is a ringing or roaring sound that you hear in your ears when the sounds don't exist. Only you hear your tinnitus. Sometimes it's very loud and constant, and sometimes it comes and g...

oes.It is caused mostly by being exposed to loud noises (rock concerts, playing in an orchestra or on-the-job noise), but it can be a sign of underlying disease or reaction to a drug. There is no known cure for tinnitus, but there is good news about upcoming treatments.
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