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1. What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a medical term used to signify sounds in the ears which are not from an external source. The patient often complains of noises such as ringing, whistling, buzzing and hissing. It is a common symptom in children as well as adults and is also seen in people with deafness.
2. What are the causes of tinnitus?
Major causes for tinnitus include exposure to loud noise and hearing disorders as a result of ageing. It may also be due to impacted wax, infections, injuries or due to side effects of certain drugs. These can cause damage to the inner ear which can cause disruption of nerve signals leading to tinnitus.
3. Is there a permanent cure for tinnitus?
In most cases, tinnitus can be cured permanently. Tinnitus caused by infections and impacted wax can be treated with antibiotics and ear cleaning. If the inner ear is damaged, permanent cure is not available as of today. However, symptomatic relief is given to relieve the patient from the distress that tinnitus produces.
4. Can neck muscle pain cause tinnitus?
Conditions such as whiplash injury or injury to the jaw that cause muscle pain in the neckl area are often linked to tinnitus. Emotional ailments such as depression and anxiety can worsen tinnitus as well. One study even showed that tinnitus could also be due to poor alignment of the head and neck.
5. Is tinnitus a sign of a nutritional deficiency?
Research has shown that tinnitus has been linked to Vitamin B12, zinc and magnesium deficiency. Even lack of vitamin D can lead to bone loss in the middle ear, which can lead to hearing impairment and give rise to tinnitus in the long run.