Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness. It’s usually a symptom of a problem within your hearing pathway and there may be several underlying causes.
We know that tinnitus can be linked to:
However, for many people with tinnitus, the cause isn't clear. They may never have experienced any of these things.
As there are so many factors that can lead to, or worsen, tinnitus, there is a lot of ongoing research into the exact cause of the condition.
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