Ear Institute : Tinnitus Clinic

About Tinnitus

Tinnitus (“TIN-a-tus” or “Tin-EYE-tus”) is the perception of sound in one or both ears or in the head when no external sound is present. It can be described as ringing, hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, or clicking. It can be a single tone or multiple tones or, for some, it can sound like music. Tinnitus can be intermittent or constant and the volume level can vary from very soft to incredibly loud. The effect of tinnitus is also highly variable. Tinnitus can range from being mildly annoying to causing significant psychological distress that can greatly impact a person’s daily life.

The exact physiological cause or causes of tinnitus are unknown. However, there are many strategies that are effective in the treatment of tinnitus. Strategies such as management techniques, hearing aids and tinnitus maskers are easily undertaken. Other modalities such as biofeedback, cognitive behavioral therapy and additional sound therapies (neuromonics, tinnitus retraining therapy) require expert management.

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