Tinnitus UK - Is My Sinusitis Causing My Tinnitus?
Does your sinusitis especially cause your tinnitus? The answer is this it probably depends on the type of tinnitus you suffer and what a larger number of symptoms you have. Do the noises in your ears consist of glugging or coming noises? Do you feel a fullness or feeling of pressure in your ears? Does swallowing or blowing your nose impact the sounds? If so the answer may be yes, indirectly. Tinnitus UK
Although I have seen no research suggesting that sinusitis and tinnitus are directly linked, the accompanying drugs used to treat sinusitis i.e. antibiotics and antihistamines are thought to cause thickening of the mucous in the middle ear. . The middle ear has mucous membranes (mucosa), which produce a mucous necessary to cleanse it, although the middle ear itself is ideally an air filled space. In healthy people this thin mucous then drains from the middle ear into the throat via the Eustachian tubes.
The Eustachian tubes are very narrow tubes that run from the middle ear to the throat to allow drainage and maintain even pressure in the ears In people with sinusitis, secondary infection or the excessive use of antibiotics, or antihistamines if an allergy is suspected, can lead to the mucous in the inner ear becoming too thick to drain out of the narrow Eustachian tubes. A build up of this mucous in the middle ear then occurs and noises in the ears can result. Tinnitus UK
A clue is that these noises are often changed or reduced by swallowing or blowing the nose since this can increase or equalize any negative pressure in the ear. Also it is, evidently, quite rare for anyone to have infected sinuses without associated rhino-sinusitis (inflammation or infection of the nasal openings to the sinuses) and since the ears, nose and throat are all connected it follows that what appears to be a purely a sinus infection may also affect the ears etc indirectly causing or contributing to tinnitus. Tinnitus UK
It must be mentioned here that there are numerous other conditions that can cause Eustachian tube dysfunction including allergies and nasal infections, including the common cold. Otitis-media (middle ear infection), most commonly also an allergy, can also give similar symptoms. It is therefore important that you always consult your doctor to ascertain the exact cause and obtain the appropriate treatment. Suffering from Tinnitus and Ringing in Ear? Get your life back forever by checking out Tinnitus UK now.