Tinnitus is the perception of noise/ringing in the ears or an annoying sound sensation when no actual sound is present. These phantom sounds can also include buzzing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sounds that can often change over time and vary in pitch and intensity.
Tinnitus is a common problem that affects nearly 15% of the general public – over 50 million Americans. Tinnitus is not a condition in itself, but is a symptom of an underlying ailment such as hearing loss, ear injury, medications, or a circulatory disorder.
See your doctor if:
- Tinnitus is associated with a sudden change in your hearing
- Your tinnitus keeps rhythm with your pulse
- Tinnitus is accompanied by dizziness
- Tinnitus accompanies a cold or flu and lasts a week or more
- If your tinnitus is only in one ear, or seems louder in one ear
Factors that can contribute to increased tinnitus:
- Sleep issues
Side effects of tinnitus can include:
- Memory problems
- Trouble focusing/concentrating