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Ringing in the Ears Overview

Another name for Ringing in the Ears is Tinnitus.

What is tinnitus?
A person with tinnitus senses noise in the ears when there is no source for the sound. Common causes of tinnitus include stress, otitis media, being exposed to loud noises, hearing loss, and labyrinthitis. Almost everyone experiences tinnitus at some time during life. Most cases of tinnitus resolve without treatment.

What are the symptoms of tinnitus?
Symptoms of tinnitus include hearing noises that may sound like beating, blowing, chirping, hissing, humming, ringing, sizzling or whistling.

How does the doctor treat tinnitus?
Treatment for tinnitus may include removal of earwax, a hearing aid, relaxation techniques, or medication.

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Last Updated: Feb 11, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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