Tinnitus Service

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a medical term for the sensation of hearing sound in your ears or head when no external sound is present. It can be mild and intermittent, severe and persistent, or anywhere in between. It can be ‘bothersome’ or ‘non-bothersome’— noticeable mostly when their surroundings are still and quiet.

Do you suffer from ringing in your ears?

The perceived ringing in the ears when no external sound is present is called as tinnitus. Scientists and health experts don’t know the exact physical cause of tinnitus, but several sources are known to trigger or make tinnitus worse, including:

  • Loud noises and hearing loss – Exposure to loud noises is the biggest cause of tinnitus. It can destroy the non-regenerative cilia (tiny hairs) in the cochlea, causing permanent tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
  • Aging – As you age, those same cilia gradually deteriorate, which can lead to tinnitus and/or hearing loss.
  • Ototoxic medications – Some prescription medications such as antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and antidepressants are harmful to the inner ear as well as the nerve fibers connecting the cochlea to the brain.
  • Hearing conditions – Conditions such as otosclerosis and Ménière’s disease are known to cause tinnitus.
  • Health conditions – Tinnitus can also be a symptom of health conditions like cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stress and head injuries
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