• Question: Why is tinitus caused?

    Asked by adamw to John, Ken, Vicky on 22 Mar 2012.
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      Vicky Young answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      OOhhhh tinitus its caused by lots of things… its normally a symptom of a disease rather than a disease itself!

      Things that can cause it:
      abnormally loud sounds in the ear
      ear infections
      foreign objects in the ear
      nose allergies that prevent fluid drain
      wax build-up
      in-ear headphones
      natural hearing impairment (caused by old age)
      side effect of some medications

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      John Prytherch answered on 22 Mar 2012:

      Lot of musicians end up getting tinitus, or people who go to lots of rock gigs and stand too near the speakers.

      Your ears are quite sensitive instruments, and as sound waves carry energy, and the louder they are, the more energy they carry, listening to too much loud noise can damage them.

      The most common symptoms are a constant ringing in your ears, very annoying!