What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. Many people describe it as a “ringing in the ears.” The actual sound experienced by the individual can be ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring, or whistling. There are two types of tinnitus, subjective tinnitus and objective tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus are sounds only you can hear. Objective tinnitus are sounds that are audible to other people...

...as well as the individual. These sounds can be recorded using a microphone. Tinnitus is a common condition that affects about 1 in 5 people. The effect on the patient ranges from a slight annoyance to debilitating. Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. The exact physiological cause of tinnitus is not known, however there are several likely sources which are known to trigger or worsen tinnitus.

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