What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the sound of ringing in the ears. It may also be
described as roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking inside the head. The sounds may come
and go. Or they may be ongoing. The sound may happen in one or both ears. Sounds may
have different tones.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus may be caused by many
things, including:

  • Damage to the nerve endings in the inner ear
  • Stiffening of bones in the middle ear
  • Being older
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Allergy
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Tumor
  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problems
  • Head or neck injury
  • Reaction to certain medicines
  • Wax buildup
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Certain medicines

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

People with tinnitus will often complain of hearing these sounds in their head:

  • Ringing
  • Roaring
  • Buzzing
  • Hissing
  • Clicking

They may complain that they have
trouble sleeping.

How is tinnitus diagnosed?

The diagnosis of tinnitus includes a complete health history and
physical exam. Your healthcare provider may request an audiological evaluation.
Depending on the suspected cause of the tinnitus, other tests may be needed.