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What Causes Tinnitus?

What Causes Tinnitus?

What Causes Tinnitus?

Most commonly, Tinnitus is the result of auditory deprivation (Hearing Loss) which causes increased neural activity, which the auditory cortex detects and interprets as the ringing or buzzing sound that is associated with Tinnitus.

Over time, the perceptual filter in the brain applies an important "label" to the tinnitus sound and as such it is brought to the constant attention. Finally, the patient’s emotional state and the so-called 'fight or flight' reflex responds to the Tinnitus, which causes stress and anxiety.

This reaction also reinforces the other processes referred to above - i.e. leads to further increase of the sensitivity of the auditory system and reinforces the attention filters. This in turn leads to further increase in Tinnitus loudness and awareness which in turn increases the level of stress and so on and so forth, in a self-perpetuating 'vicious' cycle that makes tinnitus worse progressively over time.

Other causes to trigger Tinnitus into consciences include:

  • Ototoxic drugs
  • Trauma/head injury
  • Temporal mandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Lyme disease
  • Thyroid disorders

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