Tinnitus Causes


Experiences of tinnitus are very common, especially following exposure to loud noise; however, it is unusual for it to be a major problem. There are solutions to your ear issues, and we are here to help you along the way. There isn’t just one tinnitus cause but many, so be sure to know what could be causing the noise in your ears.

What are some common signs you are experiencing tinnitus?

You will most likely know you have tinnitus as you will hear a ringing in your ears that nobody else can hear. There will be no external sound present, but you shouldn’t try to ignore it, the sooner you get it sorted, the better. Some of the common signs you might have tinnitus are buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, or humming sounds in your ears. Some individuals aren’t bothered by this, but others can be very affected throughout their daily lives.


What are the main tinnitus causes?

Well, what can cause tinnitus? There are many reasons you might get tinnitus, including ear wax, hearing loss or infections. These can often be age-related, but this isn’t always the case, with some asking can high blood pressure cause tinnitus or can stress cause tinnitus? Tinnitus caused by stress might not have started due to the stress but if you are experiencing anxiety and stress, this might have caused you to notice the tinnitus and it could be making it worse.

Can ear wax cause tinnitus?

Another factor many believe is causing their tinnitus is ear wax, people will often ask us at Harley Street Hearing, can ear wax cause tinnitus? The answer is yes. Tinnitus caused by earwax happens due to the blockage in your ear canal, however, this could be an ear infection, dirt, or a foreign object in your ear. It can be hard to tell if it’s definitely wax without looking. Those asking can an ear infection cause tinnitus are also correct; an infection can also block your ear too.

When it comes to assessing what causes tinnitus in the UK, there could be a range of factors but it’s often nothing to worry about. However, you shouldn’t ignore tinnitus as seeking treatment will help you. For many people, treatment improves tinnitus symptoms if the underlying cause is found.

Can tight neck muscles cause tinnitus?

There definitely isn’t only one possible cause of tinnitus, tight neck muscles could also be a culprit in causing your tinnitus. Those who have had arthritis or back pain or suffer from stiffness from accidents could get tinnitus from this and could well be more likely to suffer from tinnitus than others. This is due to the nerve endings in our neck making connections in the hearing centers of our brains. Just another one to add to the list when you are trying to narrow down if it’s tinnitus or not.

What to do if you think you have tinnitus

If you experience sudden continuous ringing in the ears, especially if it’s in one ear only or if it is pulsatile, it is advisable to be seen by an ENT consultant as soon as possible. At Harley Street Hearing we can suggest ENT’s that specialise in this area to make sure it isn’t something more serious.

Your first step should be to consult an audiologist, who can assess if there is an underlying cause of your tinnitus that can be addressed, and then what course of action you should follow. There are treatment options if in some cases you might need a hearing aid

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Contact us at Harley Street Hearing, London

At Harley Street Hearing we have a package of treatments available. Many insurance providers offer ‘complimentary therapy’ within their policies. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to come in for a hearing therapy consultation.


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