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NathalieKoldre

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Hello, doctor! Can aspirin taken for a week (1300mg a day)cause permanent tinnitus or hearing loss? I have read that it is ototoxic. Thank you very much for your answer!

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Hi Nathalie -

Aspirin can aggravate tinnitus in high enough doses, but the effect is temporary. Indeed old-time rheumatologists used to tell their patients with severe arthritis pain to take aspirin and keep taking it until their stomach hurt, their ears rang, or their arthritis pain went away. Aspirin does not cause permanent tinnitus or hearing loss.

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So aspirin cannot possibly be the cause of my tinnitus? I took aspirin for 6 days, had no problem. Then discontinued for 2 days and then took 1000mg for nerve pain, next day my tinnitus started and is still there. Is it certain that aspirin wasn't the cause?
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Nathalie, there is no 100% certainty about anything in tinnitus. Indeed, the only predictable thing about tinnitus is its unpredictability! So to be precise I guess would say that it is almost certain that aspirin was not the cause of your tinnitus.

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