What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or ringing in the ears that only you can hear. For some people, tinnitus impacts daily life with increased anxiety, anger and disturbed sleep.
Tinnitus is not a disease or hearing loss, but a symptom caused by an underlying condition, such as hearing loss or ear injury. About 80% of people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss without being aware of it, and many of them can benefit from hearing aids.
Symptoms may vary from one person to another, so personalized treatment offers the most effective relief. Our hearing care professionals have experience with different techniques, sound therapies and hearing aids, and can offer choices to help to relieve this debilitating condition.
Tinnitus has been around for a while
An individual may hear musical tones, ringing, buzzing, rushing, pulsing or other sounds when nothing is producing sound. It’s a phantom noise that can be annoying and even debilitating. It was described in an Egyptian text in 150 B.C., but may have been plaguing Egyptians as early as the Seventeenth Dynasty (1650-1534 B.C.). The modern word, tinnitus, comes from the Latin tinnere, which means to ring.2