Tinnitus (are you hearing things?)

Tinnitus

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:

  • alcohol
  • amitryptiline
  • aspirin
  • caffeine
  • hydrocodone
  • ibuprofen
  • indomethacin
  • marijuana
  • metoprolol
  • propranolol

Talk to a doctor who knows your medical history and which medications you are taking.

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