Dealing with constant “ringing in the ears?” Maybe it’s not ringing exactly. Some people describe it as hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring and even chirping. Whatever noise it is, the real issue is something called tinnitus.
Tinnitus (“TIN-a-tus” or “Tin-EYE-tus”) is the medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears or head when no external sound is present.
The important thing to know is that tinnitus is not a condition or a disease. Instead it’s a symptom – typically of something bigger, like an ear infection, high blood pressure or, most commonly, hearing loss.
Quick Tinnitus Facts
- Tinnitus is the number one disability for military veterans.
- Tinnitus can occur at any age, and may begin suddenly or progress gradually.
- The most common causes of tinnitus are:
- Noise exposure (e.g., from shooting or machines at work)
- Head injury
- Side effects from medication
It is also important to know that everyone’s tinnitus is different, which is why finding relief has been so elusive – until now!