Tinnitus is not a disease in and of itself; it can be associated with a variety of underlying health conditions, but the exact cause of the increased nerve cell activity that causes it is yet unknown.
Tinnitus is typically a sensorineural response of the brain to ear and auditory system injury. While tinnitus is frequently related with hearing loss, it is a symptom of around 200 other health conditions. The following is a list of some of the most often reported tinnitus causes.
Important note: Tinnitus alone does not necessarily imply any of the following conditions. Tinnitus patients need to consult their doctor or hearing health professional to determine the root cause of their symptoms. Resolving the underlying source of tinnitus can sometimes alleviate its perception.