Q. Does holding your nose closed while sneezing cause tinnitus?

Answered by
Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 06, 2017 and last reviewed on: Sep 11, 2021

Hello doctor,

I have sudden constant tinnitus that started last week. I used to hold my nose closed while sneezing from the past four years, but I have stopped doing it now. And I had vertigo a few months back. I also use Rogaine. 



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Please answer the following questions.

  1. Did you suffer from any loud noise exposure or trauma to the ear?
  2. Do you have any history of nasal or throat infection?
  3. Did you travel by flight recently?

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Hello doctor,

Thank you for replying. I did not have any trauma or have not been exposed to any loud noise. But, I do use generic nasal spray on a daily basis, because I have become dependent on it.



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Tinnitus is probably due to eustachian tube blockage caused by chronic nasal congestion.

I suggest the following. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines after their consent.

  1. Try taking oral decongestants, twice daily.
  2. Tablet Cinnarizine, twice daily.
  3. Tablet Vitamin B12 1500 mcg, once daily.
  4. Avoid using earphones and mobile phone.
  5. Get a pure tone audiometry done and send me the report. It will diagnose any sensory-neural loss, which might be the reason for tinnitus.
  6. As you have said you are nasal spray dependant, taper down the dose gradually and substitute it for saline drops.
  7. Take steam inhalation and chew a gum, which will also help decongest the tube.

Any further questions are always welcome.

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Thank you doctor,

It has been worrying me quite a bit since I am a hypochondriac.



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  • Do not worry. Start taking the medicines after consulting your physician, and get the audiometry done. Further management will depend on the reports. You will definitely be benefited.

Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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