1. What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is defined as a feeling of ringing or buzzing sound in one or both the ears. It is generally an indication of an underlying condition.
2. What are the causes of tinnitus?
Tinnitus is commonly caused by the damage of hair cells in the inner ear, age-related hearing loss (after 60), exposure to loud noise, blockage due to ear wax, otosclerosis (stiffening of bones in the middle ear), Meniere’s disease, temporomandibular joint disorders, head and neck injuries and certain medications.
3. Is there a permanent cure for tinnitus?
Treatment of tinnitus is decided based on its root cause. However, medications cannot cure tinnitus completely, but can manage/regulate its symptoms to provide relief to the individual.
4. Can neck muscle pain cause tinnitus?
Yes, long-term neck muscle pain along with problems associated with the temporomandibular joint can lead to tinnitus. In addition, the poor alignment of skull and neck can also lead to tinnitus.
5. Is tinnitus a sign of a nutritional deficiency?
Yes, deficiencies of zinc and vitamin B12 were found in some cases of patients with tinnitus. Hence, the supplementation of vitamin B12, zinc and Ginkgo Biloba helps in the treatment of tinnitus.