Tinnitus is the term used to describe the condition of having ringing, buzzing or noise in the ear or even in the head, which do not come from an external source. Tinnitus is subjective, meaning the severity of the tinnitus is largely a function of the individual’s reaction to, or perception of the tinnitus.
As many as 360,000 Canadians suffer from annoying tinnitus* (Tinnitus Association of Canada)
Tinnitus can be caused by many things and can be a symptom of an underlying condition. Common causes include:
It is important to remember that tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. The initial step should be ruling out a medically treatable cause of the tinnitus. Anyone with tinnitus should have a complete audiological evaluation by a qualified audiologist. Tinnitus can often be successfully managed with amplification or sound therapy.Back