What causes tinnitus?
Tinnitus occurs when the filters in your brain and ears that determine how you respond to sound ‘tune in’ to a tinnitus signal. There are lots of different reasons for this.
We know that tinnitus can be linked to:
- Exposure to loud noise
- Hearing loss
- A side effect of medication
- Ear or head injuries
- Emotional stress
- Ear infections
- Diseases of the ear
- Or a combination of any of the above
For many people with tinnitus, the cause isn’t clear. They may never have experienced any of the things mentioned above.