Tinnitus is a medical term for hearing a high-pitched sound, as ringing, buzzing, or whistling...
That sound happens without any external source being present.
This condition is rarely a serious health problem, but one in five affected people has severe tinnitus, that interferes with their daily activities.
Do you remember experiencing this sound?
Almost everyone has had tinnitus for a short time after being exposed to extremely loud noise.
It often gets resolved within a few seconds.
Tinnitus can happen to one, or both ears at the same time.
It can vary in intensity.
some people experience it for more than six months, and this is known as chronic tinnitus.
About 50 to 60 million people in the United States suffer from chronic tinnitus, more men than women have this medical condition.
Tinnitus is often the result of damage to the sensory cells in the auditory system.
Normal aging is a known cause of tinnitus. Other causes include:
Side effects of medications.
Severe anxiety can also cause tinnitus.
In most cases, The cause of tinnitus remains unknown.
Your doctor will perform a hearing test, and try to determine if an underlying illness is associated with this condition.
MRI, and CT scans are also used to help to determine the cause.
There is no cure for tinnitus, but you may get a relief treatment.
In chronic cases, the person can receive a cochlear implant which helps to improve hearing.
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