In last week’s blog, readers read about some common and uncommon causes of tinnitus. Our team at Orlando ENT Hearing Services wish to share more about tinnitus as it may be treated or at least partially relieved. If you have not yet found the cause of your tinnitus, continue reading today’s article which may include the cause your doctors are looking for before they begin treating tinnitus in your ears.

In review:

Last time you dropped in, readers learned about the following causes:

  • Meniere’s disease
  • Eustachian tube dysfunction
  • Ear bone changes
  • Muscle spasms in the inner ear

Today, we are going to share more possible culprits of your tinnitus. TMJ disorders can cause tinnitus. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint disorders.

Issues with the TMJ, or the joint inside of your head in front of the ears, can cause tinnitus. Speak with your ENT team to discuss possible remedies for this specific issue. A trip to a dentist, orthodontist, massage therapist, or chiropractor may help. The cranial nerve runs from the brain to the inner ear. This nerve is important as it plays a vital role in controlling balance and hearing.

In addition to acoustic neuromas, other head, neck and brain tumors may also cause tinnitus. This can be due to the tumors physically pushing on parts of the ear components. Blood vessel disorders may cause blood to move through the veins and arteries with more force.

Atherosclerosis can do this. The blood flow changes may cause tinnitus or make tinnitus worse than it would be without a blood vessel disorder.

Tinnitus complications:

When left untreated, tinnitus may affect people differently. It can cause the following complications:

  • memory issues
  • headaches
  • depression
  • trouble concentrating
  • stress
  • fatigue
  • trouble sleeping
  • anxiety
  • irritability
  • professional and social issues

 Risk factors

The following are risk factors associated with tinnitus:

  • loud noise exposure
  • age
  • sex
  • tobacco and alcohol use
  • certain health problems

Treating tinnitus:

Come back next time as we share more valuable information. Hearing loss and issues can be easily relieved in some cases. Do not delay medical attention to ensure you receive optimal relief.

Staff Writer

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