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Tinnitus: Ringing of the Ears

Tinnitus may be described as the sound of escaping air, running water, the inside of a seashell or as a sizzling, musical, ringing, buzzing or humming noise.

Tinnitus is a symptom of almost any ear disorder including ear infections, foreign objects or wax present in the ear, otosclerosis, Menier’s, acoustic trauma and others.

Tinnitus may be associated with hearing loss including occupational hearing loss. It is also a symptom of certain forms of cardiovascular disease such as occlusion of the caroid arteries, anemia, vascular (blood vessel) malformations, aneurysm and tumors in the head.

The sounds perceived include ringing noises, blowing, buzzing, hissing, whistling, roaring, pulsating, high or low pitched sounds, and others. The mechanism that causes the perception of sounds where there is no outside source of the noise is not known.

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