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Does hypothyroidism cause tinnitus?


Update.... I’ve just been to see my GP. He told me that as I am considered within normal limits (NHS guidelines) that he cannot run any extra tests. He has confirmed that if I get tested privately then he will look at the results, but in his opinion I am more likely to be depressed. I do have depression, but this weariness is totally different and as I am on antidepressants I can’t see how that can be the case. It was like a scene from Little Britain. He looked up my results and as they showed green then that was all he could do... in other words “computer says no!” 😢


Does hypothyroidism cause tinnitus? I have a whole list of ailments but the most annoying are tinnitus, loss of hearing and sinus headaches. Other symptoms are: swollen / sore ankles

Varicose veins


Dry skin




Painful tendons and muscles


Weight gain

Fuzzy memory

Muscle loss

Decreased appetite




Blurred vision

Poor concentration

Slightly high cholesterol (5.2)

Borderline prediabetes

Since I had blood tests (TSH 4.25) the doctor said not thyroid but vitamin deficiency (D vit and Folate). The supplements given to me have helped a lot but my tinnitus and heating are worse. Should I ask for more detailed thyroid checks?

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I would ask for more detailed thyroid check.

I have all of those symptoms. There is a symptom check list you can view on Thyroid UK.

Currently, I am suffering with swollen (very itchy rash) ankles! So, elevating legs on settee listening to my husband snoring upstairs!

Thyroid joys of night time isolation due to symptoms! Good luck.

You need more thorough testing - FT4 & FT3 along with Anti-bodies TPO & Tg to rule out Hashimotos. To have all the correct testing you may need to go privately through Thyroid UK - see link below and click onto ABOUT TESTING.

Tinnitus is linked to LOW B12 - have you been tested ? Also Folate - Ferritin & VitD should be optimal ...

How much VitD are you taking and what was your result ? Docs often prescribe far too little.

Your TSH indicates you are HYPO.

If B12 needs supplementing it is wrong of the GP to prescribe Folate first.

Marz in reply to Marz

In answer to your question - does being Hypo cause Tinnitus - I think the answer is that being Hypo can cause low stomach acid and subsequently Low nutrients - especially Low B12.

You had excellent advice two weeks ago .... were you able to follow-up. Apologies - as I have repeated some of it. 😊😊


Suggest you get full private testing

TSH is high. You must have thyroid antibodies tested, plus vitamin B12 and ferritin

Vitamin D and folate are already deficient, extremely common with hypothyroidism, especially if it's due to autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's) - diagnosed by high thyroid antibodies

How much vitamin D are you prescribed and how low was level before prescribing?

Folate and B12 work together. Low B12 often causes tinnitus

For full Thyroid evaluation you need TSH, FT4, TT4, FT3 plus TPO and TG thyroid antibodies. Plus vitamin D, folate, ferritin and B12.

Essential to test thyroid antibodies, FT3 and FT4, plus vitamins

Private tests are available. Thousands on here forced to do this as NHS often refuses to test FT3 or antibodies

Medichecks Thyroid plus ultra vitamin or Blue Horizon Thyroid plus eleven are the most popular choice. DIY finger prick test or option to pay extra for private blood draw. Both companies often have money off offers.

All thyroid tests should ideally be done as early as possible in morning and fasting.

If on Levothyroxine, don't take in the 24 hours prior to test, and if on T3 don't take in 12 hours prior to test, delay and take straight after

This gives highest TSH, lowest FT4 and most consistent results. (Patient to patient tip, GP will be unaware)

If antibodies are high this is Hashimoto's, (also known by medics here in UK more commonly as autoimmune thyroid disease).

About 90% of all hypothyroidism in Uk is due to Hashimoto's. Low vitamins are especially common with Hashimoto's. Food intolerances are common too, especially gluten. So it's very important to get antibodies tested.

Hi Maggiv - are you still out there ? 😊

Maggiv in reply to Marz

Yes. Sorry.

Well, I'm hypo, and I've got them all ~ tinnitus is 2nd on the list of worst symptoms for me ~ the 1st being the widespread pain! x


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