Is Tinnitus related to other conditions?

Many wonder if tinnitus related to other conditions. Tinnitus is a noise disorder that involves hearing loss and auditory issues. It is result of damage to the ‘cilia’ (hair cells) in our inner ears, which interrupts the normal process of sound interpretation. Usually, this condition stems from exposure to intensely loud and repetitive sound, which has a direct effect on your eardrums. If you listen to heavy metal music or work at a noisy factory then you are more likely to develop tinnitus.

Sometimes the cause of tinnitus is hard to uncover, this may be because it is a result of an underlying health issue or some other conditions. Let us discuss some of the conditions that have a connection with tinnitus.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

There are joints on each side of your jaw, people who suffer from TMJ disorders feel extreme pain in their jaws and muscles that control their jaw movement. They also find it hard to chew or bite food with ease. There may be a grating sensation when they try to chew. Other than that, jaw problems can cause tinnitus to develop.

The sounds that you hear have no external source. They are a result of the damage to the sensory neurons. Generally, tinnitus cases that have underlying disorders are hard to cure. However, individuals who suffer from tinnitus, which arises from TMJ, can get relief through proper treatment.


A strong connection exists between hearing loss and dementia. Studies have shown that dementia has a connection with Tinnitus as well. Tinnitus can cause one to develop insomnia and experience trouble sleeping peacefully. Sufferers would often seek loneliness to escape the sounds that trigger their condition. They can also lose their concentration and focus.

The human brain has a very important concentration and memory function, which can stop working properly in the case of tinnitus. Tinnitus with its ringing feature, along with isolation being a major factor can lead towards developing dementia in older people. Early diagnosis of tinnitus and dementia means faster treatment. Specialists will recommend you to take hearing tests and use hearing aids.


Tinnitus often leads to the development of headache disorders, one of which is ‘migraine.’ Patients complain that tinnitus drives them crazy because it enhances migraine attack episodes that are simply unbearable. Therapy and hearing aids help reduce symptoms.

Pulsatile Tinnitus

This type of tinnitus is severe and requires immediate medical attention because it may mean that there is a problem with your heart and circulatory system. Sufferers sense a triggering sound with every heart beat. It is also a sign of tumor or vessel problems. In such a case it is very important to keep a check on your blood pressure and visit your doctor for help regarding it.

Miniere’s Disease

This disease is a vestibular hearing disorder that occurs in the inner ear, affecting your hearing and balance. It has a connection with both vertigo and tinnitus. Along with congestion in the ears, patients of Miniere’s disease, experience ringing and attacks of severe dizziness. There is pain and pressure in the affected ear, as well as constant roaring or ringing.


There may be a variety of conditions that have a direct or indirection connection with Tinnitus. It is vital to visit a specialist who will look at your medical history and then recommend suitable treatment options. Schedule your appointment today with Stephen Katz, the best Tinnitus specialist in NYC to find out about the most effective treatment options.

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