Tinnitus is a sensation of sound inside your head or ears that usually only you can hear; often a ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring in your ears. You may experience this occasionally or constantly, and it is often experienced along with some form of hearing loss.
Inside the ear are tiny hair cells that convert sounds into signals the brain can understand. Research suggests that if these hair cells are damaged, the brain receives fewer signals and compensates by producing a new sound in their place. This is the most common reason for the ringing or other sound you may hear.
It is important to seek professional advice to determine whether there is a medical condition which should be treated. A full audiological assessment is recommended to determine whether a hearing loss is present and the type and degree of loss.
There are various treatment options available dependant on the cause of the tinnitus. Hearing aids are a common treatment if a hearing loss is diagnosed. Other solutions may be medical intervention, counselling, consultation with a dentist and/or a physiotherapist.
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Causes of Tinnitus
As tinnitus is a symptom of other conditions there are many possible causes including:
- Hearing loss
- Exposure to loud sounds or sudden impact noises
- Reaction to certain medicines
- Neck or head injuries
- Other untreated medical conditions
- Otosclerosis, an abnormal growth of bone of the middle ear.