Oticon Alta

What exactly is tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

Tinnitus is the term for the perception of sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus is often referred to as "ringing in the ears," although some people hear hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant, with single or multiple tones. Its perceived volume can range from very soft to extremely loud.

Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom of another underlying condition – of the ear, the auditory nerve, or elsewhere.

The American Tinnitus Association (ATA) estimates over 50 million Americans experience tinnitus. Of these, 12 milion have tinnitus which is severe enough to seek medical attention and roughly 2 million persons are so debiliatetd by the tinnitus they cannot function at a normal level on a day-to-day basis.

Share this article


Comment

Related Content
Preferred Professionals Near You
See More Preferred Professionals

Clinics above not close enough?
Search with your zipcode below.

Sign Up for Our eNewsletter
Our free eNewsletter is delivered to your inbox every two weeks - it’s the best way to stay informed about what’s new at Healthy Hearing!
Preferred Hearing Professionals Near You

Advanced Hearing Aid Center

628 California Blvd Ste F
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Click Here for Details

Musicians Hearing Services

1750 Harmony Way
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Click Here for Details

The Clinics

1516 W Branch St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420

Click Here for Details