Home > General Medicine > What Causes Hiccups? Get the Flash Player to see this player. Rate: (Click the stars to rate) Published on Apr 04, 2009 by TCymet, Views: 3910 Dr. Tyler Cymet discusses hiccups, what causes them and how to remedy them. Hiccups are a spasm of the diaphragm. Fear, stress, and certain nutritional deficiencies can cause hiccups.