Are Tinnitus Sufferers More Susceptible to Tinnitus Getting Worse from Things Like Ototoxicity?

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    1. aot

      aot Member Podcast Patron Benefactor Hall of Fame

      Tinnitus Since:
      2016. Worsened 11/2019.
      Cause of Tinnitus:
      Probably sound induced, worsened due to noise expouse + flu.
      Hello Dr. Nagler.

      First, I'd look to both thank for you for answering my previous question, and to offer my condolences for your loss. I know how hard it is to lose a loved one.

      I know that tinnitus can be caused by many things: Head Trauma, Hearing Loss, Ototoxic Medicine, etc..

      Am I, and by extension, other members of this forum, more likely to suffer tinnitus spikes from these things?

      For example, I have noise induced tinnitus. Am I more likely to have a spike due to Ototoxicity than a person without tinnitus is to develop it in the first place?

      If I suffer head trauma, what are my odds of having a tinnitus spike in comparison to someone else acquiring tinnitus in the first place from head trauma?

      So on and so forth.

      I hope my question makes sense. Thank you for your time.
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    2. Dr. Nagler

      Dr. Nagler Member Clinician Benefactor

      Atlanta, Georgia USA
      Tinnitus Since:
      Hello @aot. Thank you for your question.

      Having tinnitus does not make an individual any more susceptible to auditory damage than the general population.

      Specifically regarding tinnitus spikes, that issue is a bit trickier because the vast majority of tinnitus spikes are not related to auditory damage. Tinnitus spikes are highly individualized phenomena, and I don't think anybody really knows what causes them or what you can do to prevent them.

      Stephen M. Nagler, M.D.
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