Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom arising from a range of underlying causes.
Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors, some of them not under your control, such as simply aging. Tinnitus has also been associated with ear infections, earwax and sensory nerve disorders.
Most often, tinnitus is caused by repeated exposure to excessive loud noise.
TINNITUS TRIGGERS IN EVERYDAY LIFE
Some days your tinnitus may be worse than it is on other days.
That could be because you are tired, stressed, or your system is low on resistance due to other factors such as illness.
Smoking, drinking alcohol or coffee can also cause your tinnitus to flare up.
WHAT MAY AFFECT TINNITUS?
Lots of different things can trigger tinnitus, but it is most often caused by loud noise that damages the delicate cells of the inner ear. Alternately, stress, high blood pressure and even excessive earwax can set off tinnitus.
Whether it’s a great concert or a plane taking off, exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing.
Stress from difficult life circumstances can affect your entire body, including your hearing.
Excessive use of alcohol and quinine water, found in the ‘tonic’ used in many mixed drinks, can trigger tinnitus.
Smoking narrows the blood vessels that bring oxygen to the sensory cells of your ears.
High doses of aspirin andNSID pain relievers are a known trigger for tinnitus, as are some antibiotics and anti-depressants.
High blood pressure can increase tinnitus symptoms, so people with tinnitus should cut down on salt.
Coffee, dark tea, cola, and energy drinks all contain caffeine, and people with tinnitus say eliminating them helps control tinnitus
TO HELP YOU
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