What Is Tinnitus
So What Exactly Is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the name given to any kind of noise heard in the ears or head. Different people hear different noises: banging, whistling, humming, buzzing, cracking and ringing – to name but a few. It may seem to come from one ear, both ears or from inside the head, and can vary greatly in volume.
The precise cause of tinnitus is not known. However, it is nearly always associated with some kind of damage to the hearing pathway, which can be put down to a number of reasons such as, noise exposure, infections, genetic disorders, and general wear and tear.
Tinnitus can affect anyone whose hearing has been damaged to any degree, from those with little or no hearing loss to those who cannot hear at all.
What Tinnitus Isn’t…
Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but a symptom or side effect, usually of damage to the hearing. Very, very rarely does it have a sinister cause, and it is certainly not a sign of insanity!
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