We are improving the lives of patients with tinnitus.
Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears. It also can sound like roaring, clicking, hissing or buzzing. It may be soft or loud, high-pitched or low-pitched. You might hear it in either one or both ears. Millions of Americans have tinnitus. People with severe tinnitus may have trouble hearing, working or even sleeping.
Causes of tinnitus include:
- Brain tumors (rare)
- Certain medicines
- Ear and sinus infections
- Exposure to loud noises
- Foreign objects or wax in the ear
- Hearing loss in older people
- Heart or blood vessel problems
- Hormonal changes in women
- Meniere’s disease
- Thyroid problems
Alcohol, antibiotics, aspirin, other drugs and caffeine can also cause ear noises.
Source: NIH: National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders