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What Causes Tinnitus And Numbness At The Back Of The Neck?

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Posted on Mon, 23 Jan 2017
Question: What cause noise/buzzing in your head.

Some times there is tingling/numbness in the back of my neck
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Answered by Dr. Dariush Saghafi (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Tinnitus is the medical term

Detailed Answer:
There are many causes to what is referred to as TINNITUS which refers to a noise or buzzing within someone's head. I will list just a few or the more common causes:

1. Hearing Loss
2. Infections both in the brain as well as deep within the ear
3. Brain tumors
4. compression of the vestibulocochlear nerve by a mass lesion
5. Aneurysms, fistulas, arteriorvenous malformations
6. Fluid accumulations within the middle and/or inner ears
7. Side effects from medications
8. Surgical damage
9. Swelling or inflammation of the elements of the middle or inner ear as well as autoimmune processes that affect the nerve and nerve tracts associated with the inner ear.
10. Migraine headaches/Head trauma (TBI)/Ear Trauma (Explosions, Blows to the ear)/Strokes

And that's just a start. You can get much more information about specific causes for yourself or anybody you know who may have this problem by getting a thorough examination which should always include a hearing test as well appropriate laboratory and imaging studies.

In fact, there are audiology centers who are experienced at what is called a TINNITUS EXAMINATION whereby they can actually the frequency and probable location within the head from where the sound is likely emanating followed the prescription and fabrication of what is called a white noise cancellation device which can actually be inserted in the ear in order to MASK or CANCEL OUT the frequency of the noise to the point where it is no longer heard.

If you have numbness or tingling in the back of your neck then, you should be evaluated either by a neurologist, neuro-otologist, or ENT specialist for further direction and next steps to see if there is a link to that symptom and the tinnitus.

You can get a lot of very good information on this condition by consulting the XXXXXXX TINNITUS ASSOCIATION (ATA) which is a NON-PROFIT organization in the U.S. dedicated to people with tinnitus whether it is temporary, permanent, or disabling.

Check out: https://www.ata.org/

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This query has utilized a total of 20 minutes of professional time in research, review, and synthesis for the purpose of formulating a return statement.
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What Causes Tinnitus And Numbness At The Back Of The Neck?

Brief Answer: Tinnitus is the medical term Detailed Answer: There are many causes to what is referred to as TINNITUS which refers to a noise or buzzing within someone's head. I will list just a few or the more common causes: 1. Hearing Loss 2. Infections both in the brain as well as deep within the ear 3. Brain tumors 4. compression of the vestibulocochlear nerve by a mass lesion 5. Aneurysms, fistulas, arteriorvenous malformations 6. Fluid accumulations within the middle and/or inner ears 7. Side effects from medications 8. Surgical damage 9. Swelling or inflammation of the elements of the middle or inner ear as well as autoimmune processes that affect the nerve and nerve tracts associated with the inner ear. 10. Migraine headaches/Head trauma (TBI)/Ear Trauma (Explosions, Blows to the ear)/Strokes And that's just a start. You can get much more information about specific causes for yourself or anybody you know who may have this problem by getting a thorough examination which should always include a hearing test as well appropriate laboratory and imaging studies. In fact, there are audiology centers who are experienced at what is called a TINNITUS EXAMINATION whereby they can actually the frequency and probable location within the head from where the sound is likely emanating followed the prescription and fabrication of what is called a white noise cancellation device which can actually be inserted in the ear in order to MASK or CANCEL OUT the frequency of the noise to the point where it is no longer heard. If you have numbness or tingling in the back of your neck then, you should be evaluated either by a neurologist, neuro-otologist, or ENT specialist for further direction and next steps to see if there is a link to that symptom and the tinnitus. You can get a lot of very good information on this condition by consulting the XXXXXXX TINNITUS ASSOCIATION (ATA) which is a NON-PROFIT organization in the U.S. dedicated to people with tinnitus whether it is temporary, permanent, or disabling. Check out: https://www.ata.org/ If I've provided useful and helpful information to your questions could you do me a huge favor by CLOSING THE QUERY and be sure to include some fine words of feedback along with a 5 STAR rating? Again, many thanks for submitting your inquiry and please let me know how things turn out. Do not forget to contact 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 20 minutes of professional time in research, review, and synthesis for the purpose of formulating a return statement.