Definition of "Tinnitus"

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Tinnitus (from Latin "ringing") is perception of sound in the ears, when no external sound is present. The sound perceived is not necessarily a "ring".

  • Noise induced hearing loss, most commonly
  • Neurological damage (MS)
  • Ear infection
  • Oxidative stress
  • Emotional stress
  • Foreign objects in the ear
  • Nasal allergies that prevent (or induce) fuid drain
  • Earwax build up
  • Exposure to loud sounds
  • Withdrawal from benzodiazepines
  • Congenital hearing loss
  • Sensorineural hearing loss (i.e. cause is in vestibulocochlear nerve CN8)
  • Side effect of certain medications (ototoxic tinnitus)
  • If there is an underlying cause, Tx may lead to improvements
  • Talk therapy
  • No effective medications
  • Common, affecting 13% of people
  • It is tolerated well, with it being a significant problem in only 1.5% of people

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