Pediatric Tinnitus

Pediatric Tinnitus

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Summary

Tinnitus is a condition in which a child hears constant ringing or other noises in the ears that are not caused by an outside source.

Expanded overview

Tinnitus is a constant noise in the ears that cannot be explained by an external sound. The noise may be in one or both ears, and it may be continuous or happen only sporadically. Most children with tinnitus have otherwise normal hearing and outgrow the symptoms before adulthood.

The noise caused by tinnitus may be a ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing or clicking sound and can range in pitch. The noises can be distracting to a child, and make it difficult to pay attention and learn. In severe cases, tinnitus can cause psychological problems and hearing impairments.

Causes

Tinnitus happens when your child’s brain processes sounds differently in response to certain conditions. These conditions, or causes, may include:

Symptoms

Some young children with tinnitus do not report any symptoms because they do not know that the sounds they hear are not normal. Symptoms of tinnitus may include:

  • Anxiety or depression
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Hearing ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing, roaring or clicking sounds that are not caused by an external source
  • Irritability
  • Poor attention span
  • Restlessness (in a young child)
  • Sensitivity to noise
  • Tantrums (in a young child)

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