Tinnitus Symptoms

Besides the sensation of sound in the ears, tinnitus does not have any other symptoms. However, tinnitus can be a symptom of other underlying conditions. In 90% of tinnitus cases, tinnitus is a symptom of hearing loss, particulary noise-induced hearing loss. Prolonged exposure to loud noises can damage the structures of the inner ear and lead to tinnitus.

Tinnitus may also be a symptom of some other underlying conditions, including:

  • Blockage of the ear from ear wax or an ear infection
  • Meniere’s Disease, which affects the inner ear
  • TMJ syndrome
  • Certain medications, called ototoxic medications (these may include aspirin, some antibiotics, quinine medications, and chemotherapy agents)
  • A rare benign tumor on the acoustic nerve

If you experience tinnitus that syncs with your heart beat, you have pulsatile tinnitus. Pulsatile tinnitus may be a symptom of high blood pressure or circulatory problems.

The severity of a person’s tinnitus is dependent on their reaction to it. In more severe cases, tinnitus has been linked to depression and anxiety. Some common problems which individuals with tinnitus may also suffer from are: