The Relationship Between Tinnitus And Vertigo
Last Updated November 15, 2022
By Arash G
GM House of Hearing Clinics
Tinnitus and vertigo are very closely related
Tinnitus, which is very common, results in an intermittent or constant “ringing” sound in the ear. It may also be perceived as hissing, whistling, or buzzing. Severe tinnitus can result in additional symptoms like dizziness that affect one’s daily life. Tinnitus is not considered a disease but rather a symptom of problems with the auditory system (or another underlying medical condition).
Vertigo is a severe sense of dizziness that often leads to disorientation. It is a symptom that can be the result of a variety of issues. Specifically, those issues will involve particular areas of the body, such as the ear or brain. However, it can also involve the sensory nerve pathway.
Both tinnitus and vertigo are symptoms often involving ear problems and issues with the brain or nerve pathway. Because of this, they are commonly associated with one another to the extent that treating tinnitus will often resolve issues of vertigo.
Because both issues often relate to the ear, it is important to get a hearing test to learn more.
The Relationship Between Tinnitus and Vertigo
Tinnitus and vertigo are both diseases of the inner ear and, sometimes, the brain. Tinnitus is often an inner ear issue, and this can cause balance issues. Not all people who suffer from tinnitus also suffer from vertigo, but some do. Conversely, vertigo can be the cause of balance and ear problems.
Tinnitus may also become very loud before vertigo sets in, and this can give the sense that you are spinning.
Keep in mind that nearly everyone with Meniere’s disease will suffer from both tinnitus and vertigo. Indeed, tinnitus often accompanies dysfunction of the vestibular system, and some vestibular disorders associated with tinnitus include Meniere’s disease.
Possible Causes of Tinnitus
Vertigo is usually easy to note if you suffer from it, but tinnitus can be more difficult for one to self-diagnose. Conditions that can cause low-pitched ringing in one ear include Meniere’s disease, but this is not the most common cause of tinnitus. A general exam and a hearing test can help you discern exactly what is going on.
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