URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tinnitus.html

Tinnitus

Summary

Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. It also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing, or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high pitched or low pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears.

Millions of Americans have tinnitus. People with severe tinnitus may have trouble hearing, working or even sleeping.

Causes of tinnitus include

  • Hearing loss in older people
  • Exposure to loud noises
  • Ear and sinus infections
  • Heart or blood vessel problems
  • Meniere's disease
  • Brain tumors
  • Hormonal changes in women
  • Thyroid problems
  • Certain medicines

Treatment depends on the cause. Treatments may include hearing aids, sound-masking devices, medicines, and ways to learn how to cope with the noise.

NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Start Here

Prevention/Screening

Alternative Therapy

  • Gingko From the National Institutes of Health (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)

Disease Management

Related Issues

Pictures & Photographs

Health Check Tools

Clinical Trials

Research

Directories

Children

Patient Handouts