Also known as: ringing in the ears

What is tinnitus?

If you experience a ringing, buzzing or another persistent sound that impacts your hearing and isn’t actually present, this might be due to tinnitus. Tinnitus may be self-inflicted due to loud noise exposure, or it may occur as a symptom of other medical conditions.

What might cause tinnitus?

Potential causes of tinnitus include the following:
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Ear infections
  • Sinus infections
  • Circulation problems
  • Brain tumors
  • Thyroid problems
  • Certain medications
  • Old age
  • Hormonal changes in women

How can it be treated?

To prevent tinnitus, avoid exposure to loud noises, and wear hearing protection when you have to be exposed to loud noises. Taking good care of your heart health with nutrition, exercise and weight management also helps prevent tinnitus.

When should you seek medical attention?

Any case of tinnitus that is bothering you, interfering with your daily life or accompanied by other symptoms is worth a visit to your doctor.

Reviewed by: Yamilet Tirado

This page was last updated on: January 13, 2020 04:22 PM

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