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What Is That Ringing In Your Ears And What You Can Do

†The information and supporting material on this website are for informational purposes only. The objective of this website is to offer broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health, wellness, and cosmetic topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of a sound with no external source. Those with tinnitus hear a ringing, humming, or buzzing noise that others are not able to hear.

Tinnitus can be a constant or intermittent sound, can be heard in one or both ears, or heard in the head.

Tinnitus is either real damage in the middle ear or real neural activity in the brain producing a sound. 

More than 30 million adults suffer from tinnitus, and 12 million of them say that their tinnitus effects their everyday lives.

Why Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be caused by anything that causes hearing damage, such as noise exposure from shooting, music, or large machinery. Tinnitus can also be caused by natural aging, head injury, or it can be a side effect of certain medications.

Tinnitus is most commonly accompanied by hearing loss. It is important to get tested for hearing loss if you start to  notice symptoms of tinnitus.

At this point, there is no specific cure for tinnitus, though there are many different ways to help cope with the condition.

What Can Help Tinnitus?

The first step when facing tinnitus symptoms is to see a hearing professional. They will be able to help you determine what the cause of your tinnitus is and help you find relief. There different types of tinnitus:

-Middle Ear Tinnitus: originates from behind the ear drum and damaged areas cause the noise

-Sensorineural Tinnitus: originates in the brain and causes the patient to hear the noise

Each type of tinnitus is different and requires precise treatment and coping mechanisms. This is why it is so important to see a trained professional and get your most thorough relief.


Tinnitus can also be treated by:

-hearing aids (many tinnitus patients find great relief and ease of listening through the use of hearing aids)

-surgery (in certain cases)

-sound therapy (either entirely or partially masking the ringing with more pleasant sounds through wearable or non-wearable devices)

-eating healthy (this can encourage your body to function properly and possibly improve tinnitus)

-counseling (to help cope with the emotions, thoughts, and sleep and concentration issues that come with suffering from tinnitus)

-books (there are many great self-help books written specifically for those suffering from tinnitus)


The most important thing to remember about tinnitus is that it can be treated and your quality of life does not have to be negatively affected by the condition. It is incredibly important that you seek the help of a hearing professional to determine which techniques will bring your the BEST relief.



†The information and supporting material on this website are for informational purposes only. The objective of this website is to offer broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health, wellness, and cosmetic topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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