Causes of tinnitus
There are many possible causes of tinnitus. The most common one is damage to the tiny hair cells in the inner ear from exposure to excessive noise. If you are working in noisy environments without wearing hearing protection the risk increases of developing tinnitus as well as hearing loss. The louder the noise and the longer you are exposed to it, the greater the risk of damaging your hearing.
If you use headphones for work, music, entertainment, workout and communication, be careful that the sound is not too loud, as this may cause tinnitus as well. Please note, that in-ear headphones are more likely to contribute to tinnitus and hearing loss than other types of headphones.
Other reasons why hair cells may be damaged are the natural process of aging, sudden impact noises or middle ear infection. However, tinnitus can also be caused by stress, reaction to certain medicines, neck or head injuries, or other untreated medical conditions.