Tinnitus is the hearing as any sensation of sound in the absence of any external stimulation. What does tinnitus sound like? Most people describe it as a ringing, buzzing, or pulsating sensation in the ears, and can happen in the right or left ear. A sure sign of Tinnitus is when you hear a ringing sound, but no one else can hear it (the ringing sound does not come from your surroundings). When you hear the sound, it may keep pace with your breathing or seem to keep time with the beating of your heart.

Woman Experiencing Tinnitus

What Causes Tinnitus?

Research shows that Tinnitus is caused by damage to parts of the ear (outer, middle, or inner) or the hearing nerve in the brain. What causes Tinnitus? This damage to the ear may be due to a number of different sources, such as prolonged or sudden noise exposure, age-related changes in the inner ear, use of certain medications, earwax blockage, and even head injuries.

Is Tinnitus Related to Hearing Loss?

Unfortunately, yes. The most common cause of Tinnitus is age-related hearing loss. When the tiny sensory hair cells in the cochlea of the inner ear are damaged or lost, the symptoms of Tinnitus may appear. Since Tinnitus may likely coincide with hearing loss, a complete audiological assessment is usually the best way to start treating Tinnitus.

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