TINNITUS ti-NIGHT-us or TIN-i-tus: the perception of sound in the ears or head where no external source is present. Both pronunciations are correct; the American Tinnitus Association uses ti-NIGHT-us. The word comes from Latin and means "to tinkle or to ring like a bell."

In almost all cases, tinnitus is a subjective noise, meaning that only the person who has tinnitus can hear it. Someone with tinnitus often describes it as "ringing in the ears," but people report hearing all kinds of sounds: crickets, whooshing, pulsing, ocean waves, buzzing, even music.

Many people will experience it temporarily or intermittently. Most of the people we help here at the American Tinnitus Association experience this "ringing in the ears" 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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The most important thing you can do is to go see your doctor. Your doctor can try to determine what is causing your tinnitus. He or she can check to see if it is related to blood pressure, kidney function, diet, or allergies. Your doctor can also determine whether your tinnitus is related to any medicine you are taking. To learn more about what is causing your tinnitus, your doctor may refer you to an otolaryngologist (oh-toe-lair-in-GAH-luh-jist), an ear, nose, and throat doctor. He or she will examine your ears and your hearing to try to find out why you have tinnitus. Another hearing professional, an audiologist (aw-dee-AH-luh-jist), can measure your hearing. If you need a hearing aid, an audiologist can fit you with one that meets your needs.

Some people have taken minerals such as magnesium or zinc, herbal preparations such as Ginkgo biloba, homeopathic remedies, or B vitamins for their tinnitus and found them to be helpful. Others have experienced tinnitus relief with acupuncture, cranio-sacral therapy, magnets, hyperbaric oxygen, or hypnosis. A few of these therapies have been researched in an attempt to verify the anecdotal claims. But the results have not conclusively identified these treatments as helpful for tinnitus. Your doctor might give you clearance to try them for tinnitus anyway given that they generally carry little risk to health and some people find them helpful.

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... Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sounds in your ear when no external sound is present. Signs and symptoms may include: Noise in your ear, such as ringing, buzzing, roaring, whistlin...
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... Inside your inner ear, thousands of auditory cells maintain an electrical charge. Microscopic hairs form a fringe on the surface of each auditory cell. When they''re healthy, these hairs move in relat...
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... Treatment of tinnitus depends on the cause. If the ringing in your ears is due to age-related hearing loss or damage to your ears by exposure to excessive noise, no treatment can reduce the noise. Tre...
Source: MayoClinic

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... Sometimes symptoms of tinnitus improve with time. Improvement is not the result of physical changes, because any damage that has occurred to your ears is permanent and irreversible. Instead, many peop...
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... Tinnitus Alternative Medicine for Tinnitus and Acupressure Acupuncture and acupressure may help decrease the level of the tinnitus sounds you hear. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, tinnitus is believe...
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Treating Tinnitus with Acupuncture and Acupressure
... Tinnitus Alternative Medicine for Tinnitus and Acupressure Acupuncture and acupressure may help decrease the level of the tinnitus sounds you hear. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, tinnitus is believe...
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... Tinnitus Alternative Medicine for Tinnitus Herbal Medicine A number of herbs are useful in managing tinnitus. For best results use herbs that stimulate circulation with a nutrient-rich diet. Ginkgo Bi...
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