Tinnitus Causes


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?

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?

At Harley Street Hearing we are often asked if ear wax can cause tinnitus. The answer is yes. This can happens due to a blockage in your ear canal, however, it could be also be dirt, or a foreign object in your ear or an infection. 

For many people, the correct 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. Those who have had arthritis or back pain or suffer from stiffness from an accident 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 centres of our brains. 

What to do if you think you have tinnitus

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. 

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.

Protect Your Hearing

In order to protect your hearing, wear custom-made earplugs which will stop damaging noise from reaching your ears – to see what DJ Eddie Temple-Morris says about us and how hearing protection helps his tinnitus, click here.

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 call or complete the form if you would like to come in for a hearing therapy consultation.

Watch Matthew Allsop, partner at Harley Street Hearing, talking about the most common tinnitus sounds.


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