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Can High Blood Pressure Cause Ringing in the Ears?

Can High Blood Pressure Cause Ringing in the Ears?

ANSWER:

High blood pressure can cause a ringing in the ears.

More Info: A ringing of the ears that is caused by circulatory disorders is known as pulsatile tinnitus.

What Is Tinnitus?

A ringing sensation in the ears is known as tinnitus.  The condition is common and will occur in half of the population at some point in their lives.  Up to 20% of the population will experience chronic tinnitus that is caused by some other condition, most commonly an abnormality within the ear. [“Factsheet: Tinnitus”, ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

What Is Pulsatile Tinnitus?

Pulsatile tinnitus is a ringing of the ears that is caused by circulatory disorders.  It can be caused by extremely high blood pressure, clogged arteries, or uncommon conditions such as a vascular loop, which is a blood vessel that has abnormally looped around itself inside of the ear.  With the exception of the vascular loop, which may require minor surgery to repair, tinnitus usually subsides when the circulatory disorder is treated and managed. [“Tinnitus-Otolaryngology”,uwmedicine.washington.edu]

High Blood Pressure and Pulsatile Tinnitus

Pulsatile tinnitus is a condition in which a ringing in the ears is in rhythm with your heartbeat.   It can occur when high blood pressure is left untreated.  The condition can become exaggerated during times of stress, and following the consumption of caffeine or alcohol. [“Tinnitus: Causes”, mayoclinic.com]

REFERENCES:

“Fact sheet: Tinnitus – PubMed Health.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/ PMH0010394/

” Tinnitus – Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery | UW Medicine, Seattle.” Patient Care, Education, Research | UW Medicine, Seattle. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2012. <http://uwmedicine.washington.edu/Patient-Care/Our-Services/Medical-Services/Otolaryngology-Head-Neck-Surgery-ENT/Pages/ArticleView.aspx?subId=206>.

 

“Tinnitus: Causes – MayoClinic.com.” Mayo Clinic. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Apr. 2012. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/tinnitus/DS00365/DSECTION=causes

 

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