What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one or both of your ears. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus is not caused by an external sound, and other people usually can't hear it. The sound can take many different forms: ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring and whooshing.
Tinnitus is a common problem. It affects about 15% to 20% of people, and is especially common in older adults.
Tinnitus is usually caused by an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, an ear injury, stress, certain medications, ear wax build up or a problem with the circulatory system.
Currently there is no cure for tinnitus. However, there are ways in which we can manage some of the tinnitus symptoms. It is important to have a baseline hearing test completed in order to determine what may be the root cause of your tinnitus. This gives the hearing health care professional the background information needed in order to determine the next steps.