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Tinnitus - What it is

cause of tinnitusTinnitus is the perception of sounds not generated in the external environment. It is common and many people will experience it at some point in their lives.

People with tinnitus often describe the sound as ringing, buzzing, swishing or clicking.While it can be disturbing to someone who has it, for many with tinnitus it is not a serious problem. Some, however, may require medical or surgical treatment.

Types of Tinnitus

  1. Subjective tinnitus: The most common variety of tinnitus. Only you can hear the sound.These include the sounds of crickets, roaring, buzzing, hissing, whistling and high-pitched ringing.
  2. Objective tinnitus: This sound can be heard by yourself as well as the doctor. It is less common and makes up less than 5% of cases.


Tinnitus is very common and many people will experience it at some point. Studies show that up to 10-15% of the population suffers tinnitus severe enough to seek medical attention.The prevalence increases with age. More men than women are affected.

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