Can tinnitus be caused by an infection?

Can tinnitus be caused by an infection?

Yes, tinnitus can be caused by an infection. Infections that affect the ear, such as otitis media (middle ear infection) or otitis externa (outer ear infection), can cause tinnitus as a symptom. Infections that affect other parts of the body, such as sinusitis or meningitis, can also cause tinnitus as a secondary symptom.

In some cases, tinnitus can be caused by a viral infection, such as herpes simplex virus or cytomegalovirus. These viruses can damage the auditory nerves or other parts of the ear, leading to tinnitus. In rare cases, tinnitus can also be caused by a bacterial infection, such as Lyme disease.

It’s important to note that while infections can cause tinnitus, there are many other possible causes of tinnitus as well, such as exposure to loud noise, age-related hearing loss, certain medications, and underlying medical conditions. If you’re experiencing tinnitus, it’s important to see an audiologist to determine the underlying cause and receive appropriate treatment.

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