What Is Tinnitus0 Tinnitus is noise or ringing in the ears.0 tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people.0 Tinnitus isnt a condition itself — its a symptom such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
SymptomsTinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearingsound when no external sound is present. Tinnitussymptoms include these types of phantom noises inyour ears:0 Ringing0 Buzzing0 Roaring0 Clicking0 Whistling0 Hissing
Causes0 A number of health conditions can cause or worsen tinnitus. In many cases, an exact cause is never found0 A common cause of tinnitus is inner ear cell damage. Tiny, delicate hairs in your inner ear move in relation to the pressure of sound waves. This triggers ear cells to release an electrical signal through a nerve from your ear (auditory nerve) to your brain. Your brain interprets these signals as sound.Common causes of tinnitusIn many people, tinnitus is caused by one of these conditions:0 Age-related hearing loss.0 Exposure to loud noise.0 Earwax blockage..0 Ear bone changes.
TreatmentTo treat your tinnitus, your doctor will first try toidentify any underlying, treatable condition that may beassociated with your symptoms. If tinnitus is due to ahealth condition, your doctor may be able to take stepsthat could reduce the noise. Examples include:0 Earwax removal.0 Treating a blood vessel condition.0 Changing your medication.
Risk Factors Anyone can get tinnitus, but you might be at increased riskif:0 Youve been exposed to loud noise without ear protection, especially on an ongoing basis.0 Youre over age 65.0 You have age-related hearing loss.0 Youre a man.0 Youre Caucasian.0 You have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Tinnitus is especially aggravated by loud noises in people with PTSD