Can tinnitus and headache for the past two years with normal X-ray and CBC be a sign of tumor?

Q. Do tinnitus and headache for the past two years without any other signs be related to a brain tumor?

Answered by
Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Mar 07, 2023

Hello doctor,

For the past two years, I have had constant tinnitus and ringing in my ears. It has not got worse over time, it has stayed at the same level. Sometimes I get headaches, sharp shooting pain in my head, and feel pressure on my head. What could be causing this? I am very worried that it is linked to a tumor. I did CBC and chest X-ray and all came back clear. I am on contraceptive pills.



Welcome to

Thank you for your query.

It is important to note that tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying condition. Some common causes of tinnitus include:

  1. Exposure to loud noise: Exposure to loud noise, whether it is from work, recreational activities, or an accident can cause tinnitus.
  2. Age-related hearing loss: As we age, the structures in our ears can become damaged, leading to hearing loss and tinnitus.
  3. Earwax blockage: A buildup of earwax can cause tinnitus.
  4. Medications: Some medications can cause tinnitus as a side effect such as aspirin, certain antibiotics, and some antidepressants.

In your case, since you have been experiencing tinnitus for the last two years, and your CBC (complete blood count) and chest X-ray results came back clear, it is less likely to be related to a tumor. However, it is important to see an ear, nose, and throat (ENT) doctor or an audiologist to further evaluate the cause of your tinnitus and other symptoms. As for the headaches, sharp shooting pains, and pressure in your head, these could be related to tension headaches or migraines, which can also cause tinnitus. Hormonal changes due to the contraceptive pill could also be a contributing factor. In summary, it is important to have a comprehensive evaluation by a medical professional to determine the underlying cause of your tinnitus and other symptoms.

I hope this has helped you.

Thank you.

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