Tinnitus question JB

Question

Hi, is Tinnitus a manifestation of hiv, or is it a result on any infection? What other problems can "cause" tinnitus?

Answer

Tinnitus can be due to many different things, but to my knowledge it is not commonly associated with HIV. Some medications can cause tinnitus, most commonly aspirin containing drugs. Some complications of HIV can cause tinnitus by impacting on the eighth cranial nerve. If this symptom is persistent, I would encourage you to see your health care provider.

John A. Bartlett, M.D.