What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a defined as a noise that sounds like ringing in the ears. It has been reported to affect over 15% of the population[1]. It is important to be clear that tinnitus is not a disease or health issue, it is simply a symptom of another underlying condition.

Conditions associated with tinnitus include hearing loss, trauma to the ear, or a circulation issue. Most of the time, tinnitus is not associated with something terribly serious and it can improve with treatment of the actual cause of the problem.

Tinnitus can be described as humming, bussing, ringing, high pitched, low pitched and it typically occurs when there are no other sounds present and it is very quiet. Subjective tinnitus is when you are the only one who hears it; objective tinnitus is when your doctor or health care professional can also hear it. Objective tinnitus is very rare and is typically related to a blood vessel malfunction or a muscular condition.

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