What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the medical term for a noise which is heard in the head or ears, that does not come from an outside source. It’s often described as a ‘ringing in the ears’, but it can be experienced in other ways, like a buzzing or hissing sound, waves or even cicadas. It can be faint or loud, occasional or constant, steady or pulsing, and range from not bothersome to very annoying. It’s more noticeable at night or when it’s quiet, and can be more of a problem when you are tired or stressed.
How Common is Tinnitus?
Don't feel like you're alone. Tinnitus is very common. About 20% of us have it to some extent.
What causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be caused by:
- Exposure to excessive loud noise
- Extreme stress or trauma
- Age-related hearing loss
- Some prescription and non-prescription medication
- A change to the health or condition of your ear