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Conditions Commonly Connected to Tinnitus

Do you think you might be suffering from tinnitus? Tinnitus is a condition that causes you to hear noises that aren’t externally present. This could be anything from a whooshing to a buzzing, whistling, or even a piece of music playing on repeat. It all depends on the individual and what they experience. You can speak to a hearing care professional if you want to learn more about this condition and what it means. Right now, though, you might be more interested in what caused your condition. There are a few different causes and a variety of conditions that are associated with tinnitus.

First, it’s essential to understand that there are different types of tinnitus-related causes. A physical issue, lifestyle habits, or neurological conditions can cause tinnitus. If you think you are suffering from tinnitus, you should always get it checked out by a hearing care professional. While the condition itself is not serious, some of the associated conditions are serious and do need to be explored.

 

Hearing Loss

This is the most common issue that is associated with tinnitus. While tinnitus can develop as a result of hearing loss, this is not always the case, and the two can be mutually exclusive. However, if it is a result of hearing loss, it will usually be because the person has damaged their hearing due to exposure to loud noises. That said, hearing loss and tinnitus developing together is a common occurrence. One study suggested that 50% of patients with tinnitus will have some form of hearing loss. Other researchers have even suggested that it is impossible for tinnitus to exist without some degree of hearing loss. It may just be that the level is so low that it hasn’t been noticed by the patient in question.

Be aware that you are more likely to notice tinnitus rather than hearing loss. The brain will often adapt to hearing loss, and you might instinctively turn up the volume on a device or ask someone to speak up. You won’t recognize it’s your ears that are causing the problem. A hearing care professional will be able to determine whether you are suffering from tinnitus or hearing loss and provide you with treatment. This will usually be in the form of hearing aids.

 

Misophonia

This is commonly known as selective sound sensitivity. Patients with this condition will have a negative reaction to certain sounds. Patients will often feel anger, disgust, or potentially even fear certain noises. They might have similar responses to particular visual occurrences as well. It is thought that about four or five percent of patients with tinnitus also suffer from this condition. That said, it’s essential to be aware that this won’t be the cause of the condition. It may just develop at the same time.

A similar condition that can develop with tinnitus is phonophobia. This is a condition where the patient is often scared of loud noises. It is believed that a percentage of patients with tinnitus also suffer from this condition.

 

Meniere’s

This vestibular disorder of the inner ear will impact both hearing and balance. It can cause vertigo as well as recurring tinnitus. Patients with this condition will not always experience tinnitus, and it will come and go, somewhat randomly. While quite rare in the tinnitus population, some individuals do experience this condition along with hearing the noises associated with the condition. 

 

Depression

It is possible for depression and anxiety to trigger or increase the symptoms of tinnitus. It can make the experience far worse, however, researchers are not sure why this is. They do know that tinnitus can cause conditions like this. Many who experience tinnitus do feel emotions such as loss, despair and may even develop suicidal tendencies. The latter is far less common, but patients with the condition are about 70% more likely to develop conditions like this. That’s why if you are suffering from tinnitus, it is vital that you get the treatment and help you need.

As well as this, if these issues existed before tinnitus developed, they will likely be a lot worse. For instance, those suffering from depression could be seven times more likely to struggle with tinnitus in the future.

We hope this provides you all the information you need on tinnitus and the conditions that are commonly associated with it. To learn more about conditions commonly connected to tinnitus call us today at (888) 553-7520.