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Tinnitus is a common, yet irritating and often debilitating symptom of an underlying condition. Individuals complain of perceived sounds in one or both ears. It often accompanies hearing loss, but the loss may be undetected due to overshadowing of the sounds. While it is often referred to as “ringing”, some people hear it as buzzing, chirping, hissing, or thumping (pulsatile).
For some individuals, the sounds are rare or barely noticeable. For others, the sounds can be agonizing. They may impact concentration or disturb sleep. The good news is the condition can be treated, although there is no cure. Watch the following video from “The Doctors” about a possible treatment option.
What Causes Tinnitus?
The causes vary, but it is often caused by exposure to hazardous noise levels. Working in noisy surroundings for many years without using special protective equipment increases the risk of developing tinnitus as well as hearing loss. See the photo below for an explanation of how it develops.