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Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ear, a common problem that afflicts one in five people. It's not considered a condition itself but rather is a symptom of an underlying condition though usually not a serious one.[1]

Presentation[edit | edit source]

Prevalence[edit | edit source]

  • 2001, In a Belgian study, 48.5% of patients meeting the Fukuda criteria and 52.1% of patients meeting the Holmes criteria, in a cohort of 2073 CFS patients, reported tinnitus.[2]
  • As of 15th May 2018, 78% of 92 members of the patient forum, Science for ME, reported suffering from tinnitus.[3]

Symptom recognition[edit | edit source]

Tinnitus and "other hearing issues" are a potential symptom of Long COVID in the World Health Organization's definition.[4]

Notable studies[edit | edit source]

Possible causes[edit | edit source]

  • cardiovascular problems[1]
  • certain medications[1]
  • ear damage or injury[1]
  • hearing loss[1]
  • potassium channels and channelopathy[5]
  • Muscular or postural issues[6]

Potential treatments[edit | edit source]

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Learn more[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Tinnitus - Symptoms and causes". Mayo Clinic. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  2. De Becker, Pascale; McGregor, Neil; De Meirleir, Kenny (December 2001). "A definition‐based analysis of symptoms in a large cohort of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome". Journal of Internal Medicine. 250 (3): 234–240. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2796.2001.00890.x.
  3. Science for ME poll
  4. Soriano, Joan B.; Allan, Maya; Alsokhn, Carine; Alwan, Nisreen A.; Askie, Lisa; Davis, Hannah E.; Diaz, Janet V.; Dua, Tarun; de Groote, Wouter; Jakob, Robert; Lado, Marta; Marshall, John; Murthy, Srin; Preller, Jacobus; Relan, Pryanka; Schiess, Nicoline; Seahwag, Archana (October 6, 2021), A clinical case definition of post COVID-19 condition by a Delphi consensus, World Health Organization (WHO) clinical case definition working group on post COVID-19 condition, World Health Organization
  5. "Scientists find mechanism that causes noise-induced tinnitus and drug that can prevent it". ScienceDaily. May 27, 2013. Retrieved July 10, 2019.
  6. Teachey, William S.; Wijtmans, Erik H.; Cardarelli, Frank; Levine, Robert A. (2012). "Tinnitus of myofascial origin". The International Tinnitus Journal. 17 (1): 70–73. ISSN 0946-5448. PMID 23906831.