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Is it normal for a headache to cause ringing in the ears?

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Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Question: is it normal for a headache to cause ringing in the ears
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Tinnitus (ringing) can be a symptom in different types of headaches

Detailed Answer:
Good evening. Thank you for your question. Ringing in the ears called TINNITUS is a potential symptom in MIGRAINE types of headaches. It is also noted in headaches categorized as MIGRAINOUS VERTIGO which are complex in nature composed of migraines and vertigo (spinning sensations). Tinnitus can also be part of headaches which occur as a result of increased intracranial pressure. Tinnitus can also be a side effect of overuse of medications such as aspirin which if used excessively can also be a cause of MEDICATION OVERUSE HEADACHES. In this case, the tinnitus and the headache are really based upon 2 separate problems that are related but independent of one another.

In Meniere's disease there is a significant amount of tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, nausea/vomiting, and rather severe headaches. This is one of the more aggressive types of headaches where tinnitus is found.

In short, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and headaches can be found in each other's company. The best way to determine this relationship is to keep a diary or headache log which outlines different parameters of a headache including the appearance and disappearance of tinnitus which will define whether or not the symptom can be considered an AURA, an EFFECT of the headache, or even a CAUSE to the headache.

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Is it normal for a headache to cause ringing in the ears?

Brief Answer: Tinnitus (ringing) can be a symptom in different types of headaches Detailed Answer: Good evening. Thank you for your question. Ringing in the ears called TINNITUS is a potential symptom in MIGRAINE types of headaches. It is also noted in headaches categorized as MIGRAINOUS VERTIGO which are complex in nature composed of migraines and vertigo (spinning sensations). Tinnitus can also be part of headaches which occur as a result of increased intracranial pressure. Tinnitus can also be a side effect of overuse of medications such as aspirin which if used excessively can also be a cause of MEDICATION OVERUSE HEADACHES. In this case, the tinnitus and the headache are really based upon 2 separate problems that are related but independent of one another. In Meniere's disease there is a significant amount of tinnitus, vertigo, hearing loss, nausea/vomiting, and rather severe headaches. This is one of the more aggressive types of headaches where tinnitus is found. In short, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and headaches can be found in each other's company. The best way to determine this relationship is to keep a diary or headache log which outlines different parameters of a headache including the appearance and disappearance of tinnitus which will define whether or not the symptom can be considered an AURA, an EFFECT of the headache, or even a CAUSE to the headache. If I've satisfactorily addressed your question could you do me the kindest of favors by CLOSING THIS QUERY and be sure to include some fine words of feedback and if you think maybe a 5 star rating could describe our interaction? Again, many thanks for posing your question. Do not forget to recontact me in the future at: www.bit.ly/drdariushsaghafi for additional questions, comments, or concerns having to do with this topic or others. This query has utilized a total of 18 minutes of professional time in research, review, and synthesis for the purpose of formulating a return statement.