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Tinnitus: Introduction

Tinnitus: A continual ringing sensation occurring in one or both ears. See detailed information below for a list of 203 causes of Tinnitus, Symptom Checker, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Causes of Tinnitus:

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Tinnitus. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Tinnitus

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Causes of Types of Tinnitus:

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Tinnitus: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Tinnitus, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Tinnitus Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Tinnitus may include:

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Alternative Treatments for Tinnitus

Alternative treatments or home remedies that have been listed as possibly helpful for Tinnitus may include:

Stories from Users for Tinnitus

Real-life user stories relating to Tinnitus:

Message Boards for Tinnitus

Symptom specific forums: The following patient stories in our interactive forums and message boards relate to Tinnitus or relevant symptoms:

Tinnitus: Animations

Medications or substances causing Tinnitus:

The following drugs, medications, substances or toxins are some of the possible causes of Tinnitus as a symptom. Always advise your doctor of any medications or treatments you are using, including prescription, over-the-counter, supplements, herbal or alternative treatments.

Tinnitus: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Tinnitus may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Tinnitus

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Tinnitus: Deaths

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Misdiagnosis and Tinnitus

Alzheimer's disease over-diagnosed: The well-known disease of Alzheimer's disease is often over-diagnosed. Patients tend to assume that any memory loss or forgetulness symptom might more »

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Tremor need not be Parkinson's disease: There is the tendency to believe that any tremor symptom, or shakiness, means Parkinson's disease. The reality more »

Rare diseases misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease: A rare genetic disorder is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease for men in their 50's. The disease Fragile X disorder can show only mild symptoms in the early years, more »

Tinnitus: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Tinnitus

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Tinnitus: Related Rare Diseases

Rare types of medical conditions and diseases in related medical categories:

Tinnitus: Undiagnosed Conditions

Conditions that are commonly undiagnosed in related areas may include:

Causes of Tinnitus listed in Disease Database:

Other medical conditions listed in the Disease Database as possible causes of Tinnitus as a symptom include:

Article Excerpts about Tinnitus

Tinnitus (ti-NI-tus) is also common in older people. Tinnitus is a symptom associated with a variety of hearing diseases and disorders. People with tinnitus have a ringing, roaring, or hear other sounds inside the ears. (Source: excerpt from Hearing and Older People -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Tinnitus (ti-NI-tus) is also common in older people. Tinnitus is a symptom associated... (Source: excerpt from Hearing and Older People -- Age Page -- Health Information: NIA)

Definitions of Tinnitus:

A nonspecific symptom of hearing disorder characterized by the sensation of buzzing, ringing, clicking, pulsations, and other noises in the ear. Objective tinnitus refers to noises generated from within the ear or adjacent structures that can be heard by other individuals. The term subjective tinnitus is used when the sound is audible only to the affected individual. Tinnitus may occur as a manifestation of COCHLEAR DISEASES; VESTIBULOCOCHLEAR NERVE DISEASES; INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION; CRANIOCEREBRAL TRAUMA; and other conditions.
- (Source - Diseases Database)

A ringing or booming sensation in one or both ears; a symptom of an ear infection or Meniere's disease
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Symptom of hearing disorder characterized by the sensation of buzzing, ringing, clicking, pulsations, roaring or other noises in the ear.
- (Source - CRISP)

Organs affected by Tinnitus:

The list of organs typically affected by Tinnitus may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Tinnitus

The list below shows some of the causes of Tinnitus mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Tinnitus?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Tinnitus. Of the 203 causes of Tinnitus that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 10 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 5 causes are "common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 2 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 5 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 193 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Tinnitus:

The following list of conditions have 'Tinnitus' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Tinnitus:

The following list of medical conditions have Tinnitus or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.




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Causes of Tinnitus Based on Risk Factors

This information shows analysis of the list of causes of Tinnitus based on whether certain risk factors apply to the patient:

  • Travel - has the patient travelled recently?
  • Diabetes - history of diabetes or family history of diabetes?

    Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Tinnitus?

    Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Tinnitus, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

    Important:In extreme cases, always seek advice from emergency services :

    What are the alternative names for Tinnitus:

    Noise in ears
    - (Source - Diseases Database)

    Classifications of Tinnitus:

    Subtypes of Tinnitus:

    Ear sounds (123 causes), Buzzing in ears (31 causes), Ringing in ears (21 causes)

    Medical Conditions associated with Tinnitus:

    Ear sounds (123 causes), Hearing symptoms (1100 causes), Ear symptoms (1999 causes), Face symptoms (8109 causes), Head symptoms (10192 causes)

    Symptoms related to Tinnitus:

    Hearing symptoms (1100 causes), Hearing loss (271 causes), Hearing voices (7 causes), Noises in the ear, Hearing impairment (1010 causes), Conductive deafness, Sensorineural deafness (197 causes), Audiometry, Tympanic membrane, Ear ossicles, Otosclerosis, Glue ear (3 causes), Otitis media, Cholesteatoma, Impacted wax, Acoustic neuroma, inner ear abnormalities

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    Medical News summaries about Tinnitus

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