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Tinnitus is ringing, buzzing, whistling or hissing in one or both ears when there is no outside sound.

It can be continuous, come and go, or be pulsatile (beating). Many people can adjust to tinnitus, but for some it can become disabling. In many people tinnitus is related to hearing loss. Causes include damaged blood vessels or nerves, neck or jaw problems, medications, some cancers and age changes in the ear. There is no cure but treatments make it easier to live with. Follow the links below to find trusted information about tinnitus.

Last reviewed: February 2014

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Tinnitus Category: Ear, Nose and Throat Health Topic: Middle And Inner Ear Problems Send by email View as PDF Send by post Tinnitus is a physical condition, experienced as noises or ringing in the ears or head, when no such external physical noise is present

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Tinnitus information video - Dr Joe Kosterich | myVMC

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