Tinnitus: Hearing something that’s not from an outside source, including buzzing, hissing, or ringing.
Temporary tinnitus is common. When the symptoms continue, it can be a sign of a number of conditions:
- Prolonged exposure to loud noises (the most common cause)
- Ear blockage
- Ear infection
Tinnitus is commonly related (directly or indirectly) to headache disorders.
- Tinnitus is common in migraine with brainstem aura (basilar-type migraine) and vestibular migraine (migraine associated vertigo)
- Meniere’s disease, which includes vertigo and tinnitus, has been linked to migraine
- Physical problems such as TMJ (TMD) or head injuries may trigger tinnitus and headaches
- Cardiovascular problems and diabetes are linked both tinnitus and migraine
There are dozens of drugs that MAY cause temporary or permanent tinnitus, including:
Talk to a doctor who knows your medical history and which medications you are taking.
For more on tinnitus:
- Tinnitus (Mayo Clinic)
- Understanding Tinnitus — the Basics
- Ototoxic Medications (medications that cause hearing problems)