Tinnitus is “hearing” sounds in your ears or in your head when those sounds are not being produced by another source. These sounds are often described as ringing, hissing, buzzing, humming, whistling, whooshing, clicking, or pulsing. Frequently, these are noises only you can hear but, in some cases, the tinnitus can also be heard by others.
Tinnitus can result from many different occurrences and conditions, such as damage to the inner ear from noise exposure or medications. Tinnitus is often accompanied by hearing loss. While there is no known cure, there are many successful treatment options such as medication management, hearing aids, tinnitus masking/habituation devices, and behavioral, sound, and cognitive therapies. Audiologists can assist you in determining which option is best for you and your situation.
The symptoms of tinnitus are:
Please note that it is not abnormal to occasionally experience tinnitus. Tinnitus should be evaluated when it is persistent, occurs suddenly and does not diminish or when it occurs in only one ear or one side of the head.