Can tinnitus be caused by a stroke?

Can tinnitus be caused by a stroke?

Tinnitus can be a symptom of a stroke, but it is not common. When a stroke occurs, blood flow to the brain is disrupted, which can result in various symptoms, including tinnitus. This happens when the stroke affects the part of the brain that processes sound. However, it is important to note that most people who experience tinnitus do not have an underlying medical condition.

The most common causes of tinnitus are exposure to loud noises, age-related hearing loss, and ear-related problems such as ear infections or earwax buildup. Prolonged exposure to loud noises, such as attending concerts or working in a noisy environment, can damage the tiny hair cells in the inner ear, which are responsible for transmitting sound to the brain. This can result in a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in the ears. Age-related hearing loss occurs gradually as people get older, and it can also cause tinnitus. Other causes of tinnitus include ear infections, certain medications, high blood pressure, head and neck injuries, and conditions that affect the blood vessels or nerves in the ear.

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