Man with Tinnitus

Just What is Tinnitus?

Do you or someone you know hear ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing, or pulsing sounds?

If so, you may be suffering from tinnitus, a medical condition characterized by persistent ringing in one or both ears which can only be heard by the affected person. While the sounds may come and go, many sufferers experience symptoms 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with the effect ranging from slight annoyance to severe disruption of everyday life.

According to the American Tinnitus Association ( this fairly common ailment affects over 50 million Americans; that’s 1 out of every 6 of us!

Before we look at the causes and treatment of this disease, let’s set the record straight on its pronunciation: both “tin-NIGHT-us” and “TIN-it-us” are correct.


Tinnitus can be caused by any number of things, including:

● Noise induced hearing loss and nerve damage ● A build-up of earwax …

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