• Care at Mayo Clinic • Appointments • Locations • Patient & Visitor Guide • International Services • Medical Departments & Centers • Doctors & Medical Staff • Patient Online Services • Billing & Insurance • Clinical Trials • International Business Collaborations • About Mayo Clinic • Contact Us • Health Information Tinnitus Tinnitus can be caused by a number of things, including broken or damaged hair cells in the part of the ear that receives sound (cochlea); changes in how blood moves through nearby blood vessels (carotid artery); problems with the joint of the jaw bone (temporomandibular joint); and problems with how the brain processes sound.

Tinnitus is when you experience ringing or other noises in one tinnitus both of your ears. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn't caused by an external sound, and other people usually can't hear it. Tinnitus is a common problem. It affects about 15% to 20% of people, and is especially common in older tinnitus.

Tinnitus is usually caused by an underlying condition, such as age-related tinnitus loss, an ear injury or a problem with the circulatory system. For many people, tinnitus improves with treatment of the underlying cause or with other treatments that reduce or mask the noise, making tinnitus less noticeable. Symptoms Tinnitus is most often described as a ringing in the ears, even though no external sound is present. However, tinnitus can also cause other types of phantom noises in your ears, including: • Buzzing • Roaring • Tinnitus • Hissing • Humming Most people who have tinnitus have subjective tinnitus, or tinnitus that only you can hear.

The noises of tinnitus may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal, and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it interferes with your ability to concentrate or hear external sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time, or it may come and go. In rare cases, tinnitus can occur as a rhythmic tinnitus or whooshing sound, often in time with your heartbeat. This is called pulsatile tinnitus. If tinnitus have pulsatile tinnitus, your doctor may be able to hear your tinnitus when he or she does an examination (objective tinnitus).

When to see a doctor Some people aren't very bothered by tinnitus. For other people, tinnitus disrupts their daily lives. If you have tinnitus that bothers you, see your doctor. Make an appointment to see your doctor if: • You develop tinnitus after an upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, and your tinnitus doesn't improve within a week.

See your doctor as soon as possible if: • You have hearing loss or dizziness with the tinnitus. • You are experiencing anxiety or depression as a result of your tinnitus. About 1 in 5 people experience the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. It's called tinnitus. Dr. Gayla Poling says tinnitus can be perceived a myriad of ways. "Ninety percent of those with tinnitus have hearing loss." Hearing loss can be age-related, come tinnitus a one-time exposure, or exposure to loud sounds over a lifetime.

Dr. Poling says the tiny hairs in our inner ear may play a role. "Those little hair cells in our inner ear are really delicate structures. That's what is actually damaged with noise exposure." Dr. Poling says there's no scientifically proven cure tinnitus tinnitus, but there are treatment and management options.

"Something as simple as getting a hearing aid to really treat the hearing loss." Other options tinnitus using a sound generator or using a fan at night. "There's something called 'tinnitus retraining therapy.'" There are more ear-level masking devices where you can hear sounds throughout the day, too, that are tinnitus distracting." If ringing in your ears bothers you, start by seeing your health care tinnitus for a hearing test. For the Mayo Clinic News Network, I'm Ian Roth.

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Common causes of tinnitus In tinnitus people, tinnitus is caused by one of the following: • Hearing loss. There are tiny, delicate hair cells in your inner ear (cochlea) that move when your ear receives sound waves. This movement triggers electrical signals along the nerve from your ear to your brain (auditory nerve). Your brain interprets these signals as sound. If the hairs inside your inner tinnitus are bent or broken — this happens tinnitus you age or when you are regularly exposed to loud sounds — they can "leak" random electrical impulses to your brain, causing tinnitus.

• Ear infection or ear canal blockage. Your ear canals can become blocked with a buildup of fluid (ear infection), earwax, dirt or other foreign materials. A blockage can change the pressure in your ear, causing tinnitus.

• Head or neck injuries. Head or neck trauma tinnitus affect the inner ear, hearing nerves or brain function linked to hearing. Such injuries usually cause tinnitus in only one ear. • Medications. A number of tinnitus may cause or worsen tinnitus.

Generally, the higher the dose of tinnitus medications, the worse tinnitus becomes. Often the unwanted noise disappears when you stop using these drugs.

Medications known to cause tinnitus include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and certain antibiotics, cancer drugs, water pills (diuretics), antimalarial drugs and antidepressants.

Other causes of tinnitus Less common causes of tinnitus include other ear problems, chronic health conditions, and injuries or conditions that affect the nerves in your ear or the hearing center in your brain. • Meniere's disease. Tinnitus can be an early indicator of Meniere's disease, an inner ear disorder that may be caused by abnormal inner ear fluid pressure.

• Eustachian tube dysfunction. In this condition, the tube in your ear connecting the middle ear to your upper throat remains expanded all the time, which can make your ear feel full. • Ear bone tinnitus. Stiffening of the bones in your middle ear (otosclerosis) may affect your hearing and cause tinnitus. This condition, caused by abnormal bone growth, tends to run in families.

• Muscle spasms in the inner ear. Muscles in the inner ear can tense up (spasm), which can result in tinnitus, hearing loss and a feeling of fullness in the ear. This sometimes happens for no explainable reason, but can also be caused by neurologic diseases, including multiple sclerosis.

• Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Problems with the TMJ, the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears, where your lower jawbone meets your skull, can cause tinnitus.

• Acoustic neuroma or other head and neck tumors. Acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous (benign) tumor that develops on the cranial nerve that runs from your brain to your inner ear and controls balance and hearing. Other head, neck or brain tumors can also cause tinnitus.

• Blood vessel disorders. Conditions that affect your blood vessels — such as atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, or kinked or malformed blood vessels tinnitus can cause blood to move through your veins and arteries with more tinnitus.

These blood flow tinnitus can cause tinnitus or make tinnitus more noticeable. • Other chronic conditions. Conditions including diabetes, thyroid problems, migraines, anemia, and autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus have all been associated with tinnitus. Risk factors Anyone can experience tinnitus, but these factors may increase your risk: • Loud noise exposure. Loud noises, such as those from heavy equipment, chain saws and firearms, are common sources of noise-related hearing loss.

Portable music devices, such as MP3 players, also can cause noise-related hearing loss if played loudly for long periods. People who work in noisy environments — such as factory and construction workers, musicians, and soldiers — are particularly at risk. • Age. As you age, the number tinnitus functioning nerve fibers in your ears declines, possibly causing hearing problems often associated with tinnitus. • Sex. Men are more likely to experience tinnitus. • Tobacco and alcohol use.

Smokers have a higher risk of developing tinnitus. Drinking alcohol also increases the risk of tinnitus. • Certain health problems.

Obesity, cardiovascular problems, high blood pressure, and a history of arthritis or head injury all increase your risk of tinnitus. Complications Tinnitus affects people differently. For some people, tinnitus can significantly affect quality of life. If you tinnitus tinnitus, you may also experience: • Fatigue • Stress • Sleep problems • Trouble concentrating • Memory problems • Depression • Anxiety and irritability • Headaches • Problems with work and family life Treating these tinnitus conditions may not affect tinnitus directly, but it can help you feel better.

• Tinnitus and antidepressants Prevention In many cases, tinnitus is the result of something that can't be prevented. However, some precautions can help prevent certain kinds of tinnitus. • Use tinnitus protection. Over time, exposure to loud sounds can damage the nerves in the ears, causing hearing loss and tinnitus. Try to limit your exposure to loud sounds. And if you cannot avoid loud sounds, use ear protection to help protect your hearing.

If you use chain saws, are a musician, work in an industry that uses loud tinnitus or use firearms (especially pistols or shotguns), always wear over-the-ear hearing protection. • Turn down the volume. Long-term exposure to amplified music tinnitus no ear protection or listening to music at very high volume through headphones can cause hearing loss and tinnitus.

• Take care of your cardiovascular health. Regular exercise, eating right and taking other steps to keep your blood vessels tinnitus can help prevent tinnitus linked to obesity and blood vessel disorders. • Limit tinnitus, caffeine and nicotine. These substances, especially when used in excess, can affect blood tinnitus and contribute to tinnitus.

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• Baguley D, et al. Tinnitus. The Lancet. 2013; doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(13)60142-7. • Tinnitus. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/tinnitus. Tinnitus Dec. 22, 2020. • Dinces EA. Etiology and diagnosis of tinnitus. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search. Accessed Dec. 22, 2020. • Dinces EA. Treatment of tinnitus. https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search.

Accessed Dec. 22, 2020. • AskMayoExpert. Pulsatile tinnitus. Mayo Clinic; 2019. • Causes. American Tinnitus Association. https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts/causes. Accessed Dec. 22, 2020. Mayo Clinic Press Check out these best-sellers and special offers on books and newsletters from Mayo Clinic Press.

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It’s a common problem affecting more tinnitus 50 million people in the United States. Tinnitus can be severe, affecting people’s daily lives. Tinnitus isn’t a disease. It’s a symptom of several medical conditions.


Healthcare providers can’t cure tinnitus but they can help manage its impact. Overview What is tinnitus? If you have tinnitus, your tinnitus is filled with sound — ringing, whistling, clicking and roaring — that no one else hears. Tinnitus (tin-NITE-us or TIN-ne-tus) can be sounds that are so soft you may not notice them or so loud they block out sounds coming from external sources.

Is tinnitus common? Tinnitus is a common problem that affects more than 50 million people in the United States. For about 12 million Americans, tinnitus is tinnitus constant and noisy companion that affects their daily lives. People who have tinnitus may have trouble sleeping or concentrating. Living with tinnitus can make people feel angry, frustrated and depressed. What are the first signs of tinnitus? You may first notice tinnitus because you’re developing hearing loss, have a head injury or an everyday medical condition like an ear infection.

Does tinnitus ever go away? Healthcare providers may be able to cure tinnitus by treating the underlying condition. When they can’t, they recommend tactics to reduce its impact. Symptoms and Causes What causes tinnitus? Healthcare providers don’t know exactly what causes tinnitus. They think abnormal activity in the part of your brain that processes sound may be responsible for tinnitus, but they don’t know how or why, or how to prevent that activity.

What conditions have tinnitus as a symptom? Tinnitus is a symptom tinnitus more than 75% of all disorders that affect our ears. Most people who have hearing loss also have tinnitus. Here are some ways tinnitus develop hearing loss that causes tinnitus: tinnitus Aging. Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) affects 1 in 3 adults over age 65.

• Exposure to loud noises or explosions. This can happen over time or from a single incident. Exposure to very loud music or working in a very noisy environment can cause hearing loss and tinnitus. • Ototoxic medications. There’s a wide range of medications that can damage your ears.

If you’re concerned about tinnitus, ask your healthcare provider about medication side effects and alternatives. • Ménière’s disease. This chronic ear disorder affects your balance and hearing. You can have tinnitus without hearing loss. Providers link tinnitus to about 200 different tinnitus conditions. Here are some examples: • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). Tinnitus is a common symptom of TMJ, which is a condition caused by inflammation or irritation of the muscles and joints.

• Foreign objects in lodged in your ear. Sometimes foreign objects like pens or pencils used to clean ears end up rupturing eardrums. • Excessive earwax (cerumen). Earwax can block your ears and affect your hearing. • Allergies. Congestion from allergies can affect your eustachian tube. This tube connects your middle ear and the back of your nose. Congestion that blocks eustachian tube can keep sound from getting to your ear.

• Vestibular schwannoma ( acoustic neuroma ). This benign (non-cancerous) tumor affects the nerves that connect to your brain and manage balance and hearing. People who have neurofibromatosis type 2 often have vestibular schwannomas. • Otosclerosis. This is a growth in your middle ear. Rarely, you may tinnitus tinnitus when your blood rushes through the major arteries and veins in your neck.

This kind of tinnitus involves sound timed to your pulse or pulsatile tinnitus. Pulsatile tinnitus may happen because you have anemia (reduced red blood cell flow) or atherosclerosis (blocked arteries). People who have high blood pressure (hypertension) are more likely to develop pulsatile tinnitus tinnitus people who have normal blood pressure. Can tinnitus be a sign of a serious medical condition?

Rarely, tinnitus in one ear may be a sign you have a middle ear tumor (glomus tympanicum). Tinnitus along with trouble walking, speaking or balancing may be a sign you have a neurological condition. Contact your healthcare provider if you notice these signs. Management and Treatment How do healthcare providers treat tinnitus? Tinnitus isn’t a condition or disease. It’s a symptom of other conditions. Here are some steps your provider may take to learn more about your tinnitus: • Physical examination.

They’ll check your ears for any obvious problems. They may check for signs of pulsatile tinnitus. • Medical history. They may ask if other family members have hearing loss, if you spend a lot of time around loud noises or a loud noise from a single event.

They may ask what medications you take. • Hearing test (audiometry). This test checks your ability to hear a range of tones, displaying your results tinnitus an audiogram. • Tympanometry. Your provider checks your eardrum with a handheld device called a tympanometer that shows your results in a tympanogram. • Magnetic resonance imaging. This test produces detailed images of your body without using X-rays. What happens if I don’t have a medical condition?

If your healthcare provider has ruled out medical conditions apart from hearing loss, their next step is recommending ways to manage the impact of tinnitus on your life.

Here are some examples: • Hearing aids. Many people who have tinnitus also have hearing loss. Hearing aids may help provide relief from tinnitus by making sounds louder and the tinnitus less noticeable. For example, hearing aids may increase the volume of soft sound in your environment, like the noise made by your refrigerator. Obviously, tinnitus aids make it easier for you to hear, which may make it easier for you to ignore tinnitus. • Sound generators. These devices tinnitus and deliver sounds to your ears that mask tinnitus.

For example, the sound generator may deliver soothing sounds like a shower or quiet rain. Some people tinnitus benefit tinnitus using hearing aids that include sound generators.

• Environmental enrichment devices. You tinnitus create your own way of masking tinnitus. Tabletop sound machines that generate soothing background noise, recordings of music, nature or other sounds or apps for smartphones and tablets can make tinnitus less noticeable. • Relaxation techniques. Tinnitus can be frustrating and stressful. Stress and frustration may make tinnitus more noticeable. Learning techniques to increase relaxation and ease stress can help people better deal with the frustrations of tinnitus.

• Counseling tinnitus. Some people benefit from mental wellness therapies like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). These therapies help people learn how to pay less attention to tinnitus. Prevention How can I prevent tinnitus?

Protecting your hearing is one of the best ways to tinnitus tinnitus. Start protecting your ears by thinking about all your regular activities.

You may not realize all the ways you expose your ears to loud noises and sounds. Here are some potential activities that may affect your hearing: • At your workplace.

You may work in construction, landscaping or around loud machinery like an assembly line. Protect your hearing with earplugs. • At exercise class. Many gyms play loud music to motivate and move people through exercise.

If that’s your situation, use earplugs to protect your ears. At the very least, do your workout away from the music’s source. • At concerts and movie theatres. This is another time it makes sense to use earplugs. • Any time you use earbuds with your volume turned all the way up. Protect your ears by keeping the volume low. A note from Cleveland Clinic Tinnitus is a common problem that may be a sign of an underlying medical condition, including hearing loss. Tinnitus can make it hard for you to sleep and concentrate.

It can disrupt your daily life, making you feel frustrated, angry and depressed. Many times healthcare providers can’t find a reason why you have tinnitus. Unfortunately, providers don’t have treatment to silence tinnitus. They do have many ways to help you manage tinnitus. • American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgeons.

Clinical Practice Guidelines: Tinnitus. (https://www.entnet.org/quality-practice/quality-products/clinical-practice-guidelines/tinnitus/) Accessed tinnitus. • American Family Physician.


Diagnostic Approach to Patients with Tinnitus. (https://www.aafp.org/afp/2014/0115/p106.html) Accessed 4/18/2022. • American Tinnitus Foundation. Understanding the Facts. (https://www.ata.org/understanding-facts) Accessed 4/18/2022. • Merck Manuals. Ear Ringing or Buzzing. (https://www.merckmanuals.com/home/ear,-nose,-and-throat-disorders/symptoms-of-ear-disorders/ear-ringing-or-buzzing) 4/18/2022. • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

Tinnitus. (https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/tinnitus) Accessed 4/18/2022. Our providers specialize in head and neck surgery and oncology; facial plastic and reconstructive surgery; general otolaryngology; laryngology; otology, neurotology and lateral skull base disorders; pediatric otolaryngology; rhinology, sinus and skull base surgery; surgical sleep; dentistry and oral and maxillofacial surgery; and allied hearing, speech and balance services.
Constant noise in tinnitus head— such as ringing in the ears—rarely indicates a serious health problem, but it sure can be annoying.

Here's how to minimize it. Tinnitus (pronounced tih-NITE-us or TIN-ih-tus) is sound in the head with no external source. For many, it's a ringing sound, while for others, tinnitus whistling, buzzing, chirping, hissing, humming, roaring, or even shrieking.

The sound may seem to come from one ear or tinnitus, from inside the head, or from a distance. It may be constant or intermittent, steady or pulsating. Almost everyone has had tinnitus for a short time after being exposed to extremely loud noise. For example, attending a loud concert can trigger short-lived tinnitus. Some medications (especially aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs taken in high doses) can cause tinnitus that goes away when the drug is discontinued.

When it lasts more than six months, it's known as chronic tinnitus. As many as 50 to 60 million people in the United States suffer from this condition; it's especially common in people over age 55 and strongly tinnitus with hearing tinnitus.

Many people worry that tinnitus is a sign that they are going deaf or have another serious medical problem, but it rarely is. Most tinnitus is subjective, meaning that only you can hear the noise.

But sometimes it's objective, meaning that someone else can hear it, too. For example, if you have a heart murmur, you may hear a whooshing sound with every heartbeat; your clinician can also hear that sound through a stethoscope.

Some tinnitus hear their heartbeat inside the ear — a phenomenon called pulsatile tinnitus. It's more likely to happen in older people, because blood flow tends to be more turbulent in arteries whose walls have stiffened with age. Pulsatile tinnitus may be more noticeable at night, when you're lying in bed and there are fewer external sounds to mask the tinnitus.

If you notice any new pulsatile tinnitus, you should consult a clinician, because in rare cases it is a sign of a tumor or blood vessel damage. The course of chronic tinnitus is unpredictable. Sometimes the symptoms remain the same, and sometimes they get worse.

Tinnitus about 10% of cases, the condition interferes with everyday life so much that professional help is needed. While there's no cure for chronic tinnitus, it often becomes less noticeable and more manageable over time.

You can help ease the symptoms by educating tinnitus about the condition — for example, understanding that it's not dangerous. There are also several ways to help tune out the noise and minimize its impact. Auditory pathways and tinnitus Sound waves travel through the ear canal to the middle and inner ear, where hair cells in part of the cochlea help transform sound waves into electrical signals that then travel to the brain's auditory cortex via the auditory nerve.

When hair cells are damaged — by loud noise or ototoxic tinnitus, for example — the circuits in the brain don't receive the signals they're expecting. This stimulates abnormal activity in the neurons, which results in the illusion of sound, or tinnitus. What's going on? Most people who seek medical help for tinnitus experience it as subjective, constant sound like constant ringing in the ears or a buzzing sound in the ear, and most have some degree of hearing loss.

Things that cause hearing loss (and tinnitus) include loud noise, medications that damage the nerves in the ear (ototoxic drugs), impacted earwax, middle ear problems (such as infections and vascular tumors), and tinnitus.

Tinnitus can also be a symptom of Meniere's disease, a disorder of the balance mechanism in the inner ear. Tinnitus can arise anywhere along the auditory pathway, from the outer ear through the middle and inner ear to the brain's auditory cortex, where it's thought to be encoded (in a sense, imprinted). One of the most common causes of tinnitus is damage to the hair cells in the cochlea (see "Auditory pathways and tinnitus").

These cells help transform sound waves into nerve signals. If the auditory pathways or circuits in the brain don't receive the signals they're expecting from the cochlea, the brain in effect "turns up the gain" on those pathways in an effort to detect the signal — in much the same way that you turn up the volume on a car radio when you're trying to find a station's signal.

The resulting electrical noise takes the form of tinnitus — a sound that is high-pitched if hearing loss is in the high-frequency range and low-pitched if it's in the low-frequency range.

This kind of tinnitus resembles phantom limb pain in an amputee — the brain is producing abnormal nerve signals to compensate for missing input. Most tinnitus is "sensorineural," meaning that it's due to hearing loss at the cochlea or cochlear nerve level. But tinnitus may originate in other places.

Our bodies normally produce sounds (called somatic sounds) that we usually don't notice because we are listening to external sounds. Anything that blocks normal hearing can bring somatic sounds to our attention. For example, you may get head noise when earwax blocks the outer ear. Some drugs that can cause or worsen tinnitus Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen (Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn) Certain antibiotics, including ciprofloxacin (Cipro), doxycycline (Vibramycin, others), gentamicin (Garamycin), erythromycin (Ery-Tab, others), tetracycline (Sumycin), tobramycin (Nebcin), and vancomycin (Vancocin) Antimalarial drugs such as chloroquine and quinine Certain anticonvulsants, including carbamazepine (Tegretol, others) and valproic acid (Depakote, others) Certain cancer drugs, including cisplatin (Platinol) and vincristine (Oncovin, Vincasar) Loop diuretics (when given intravenously in high doses), including bumetanide (Bumex), furosemide (Lasix), and torsemide (Demadex) Tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline (Elavil, others), clomipramine (Anafranil), and imipramine (Tofranil) Evaluate and treat underlying problems If you develop tinnitus, it's important to see your clinician.

She or he will take a medical history, give you a physical examination, and do a series of tests to try to find the source of the problem. She or he will also ask you to describe the noise you're hearing (including its pitch and sound quality, tinnitus whether it's constant or periodic, steady or pulsatile) and the times and places in which you hear it.

Your clinician will review your medical history, your current and past exposure to noise, and any medications or supplements you're taking. Tinnitus tinnitus be a side effect of many medications, especially when taken at higher doses (see "Some drugs that can cause or worsen tinnitus").

Musculoskeletal factors — jaw clenching, tooth grinding, prior injury, or muscle tension in the neck — sometimes make tinnitus more noticeable, so your clinician may ask you to tighten muscles or move the jaw or neck in certain tinnitus to see if the sound changes.

If tight muscles are part of the problem, massage therapy may help relieve it. Tinnitus that's continuous, steady, and high-pitched (the most common type) generally indicates tinnitus problem in the auditory system and requires hearing tests conducted by an audiologist. Pulsatile tinnitus calls for a medical evaluation, especially if the noise is frequent or constant. MRI or CT imaging may be needed to check for a tumor or blood vessel abnormality. Your general health can affect the severity and impact of tinnitus, so this is also a good time to take stock of your diet, physical activity, sleep, and stress level — and take steps to improve them.

You may also be able to reduce the impact of tinnitus by treating depression, anxiety, insomnia, and pain with medications or psychotherapy. If you're often exposed to loud noises at work or at home, it's important to reduce the risk of hearing loss (or further hearing loss) by using protectors such as earplugs or earmuff-like or custom-fitted devices. Selected resources American Academy of Audiology www.audiology.org American Tinnitus Association www.ata.org National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders www.nidcd.nih.gov Managing tinnitus In addition to treating associated problems (such as depression or insomnia), there are several strategies that can help make tinnitus less bothersome.

No single approach works for everyone, and you may need to try various combinations of techniques before you find what works for you. If you have age-related hearing loss, a hearing aid can often make tinnitus less noticeable by amplifying outside sounds. There is no FDA-approved drug treatment for tinnitus, and controlled trials have tinnitus found any drug, supplement, or herb to be any more effective than a placebo.

That includes ginkgo biloba, which is sometimes promoted for this purpose. Some patients believe tinnitus acupuncture helps, but it too has been found to be no better than a placebo. The most effective approaches are behavioral strategies and sound-generating devices, often used in combination.

They include the following: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT uses techniques such as cognitive restructuring and relaxation to change the way patients think about and respond to tinnitus. Patients usually keep a diary and perform "homework" to help build their coping skills. Therapy is generally short-term — for example, weekly sessions for two to six months.

CBT may not make the sound less loud, but it tinnitus make it significantly less bothersome and improve quality of life. Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT). This technique is based on the assumption that tinnitus results from abnormal tinnitus activity (see "What's going on?"). The aim is to habituate the auditory system to the tinnitus signals, making them less noticeable or less bothersome.

The main components of TRT are individual counseling (to explain the auditory system, how tinnitus develops, and how TRT can help) and sound therapy. A device is inserted in the ear to generate low-level noise and environmental sounds that match the pitch, volume, and quality of the patient's tinnitus. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, treatment may last one to two years. When TRT was developed in the 1980s by neuroscientist Dr. Pawel Jastreboff, it was designed to be administered according to a strict protocol.

Today, the term TRT is being tinnitus to describe modified versions of this therapy, and the variations make accurate assessment of its effectiveness difficult. Individual studies have reported improvements in as many as 80% of patients with high-pitched tinnitus. Masking. Masking devices, worn like hearing aids, generate low-level white noise (a high-pitched hiss, for example) that can reduce the perception of tinnitus and sometimes also produce residual inhibition — less noticeable tinnitus for a short time after the masker is turned off.

A specialized device isn't always necessary for masking; often, playing music or having a radio, fan, or white-noise machine on in the background is enough. Although there's not enough evidence from randomized trials to draw any conclusions about the effectiveness of masking, hearing experts often recommend a trial of simple masking strategies (such as setting a radio at low volume between stations) before they turn to more expensive options.

Biofeedback and stress management. Tinnitus is stressful, and stress can worsen tinnitus. Biofeedback is a relaxation technique that helps control stress by changing bodily responses. Electrodes attached to the skin feed information about physiological processes such as pulse, skin temperature, and muscle tension into a computer, which displays the tinnitus on a monitor. Patients learn how tinnitus alter these processes and reduce the body's stress response by changing their thoughts and feelings.

Mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques may also help. Not all insurance companies cover tinnitus treatments in the same way, so be sure to check your coverage. If you're willing to enroll in a research study, you may be able to receive a cutting-edge treatment free. (For more information, go to www.clinicaltrials.gov, and enter the search term "tinnitus.") Image: Casarsa_Guru/Getty Images As a service to our readers, Harvard Health Publishing provides access to our library of archived content.

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What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the sound of ringing in the ears. It may also be described as roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking inside the head.

The sounds may come and go. Or they may be ongoing. The sound may occur in one or both ears and vary in pitch. What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus may result from a variety of causes, including: • Damage to the nerve endings in the inner ear • Stiffening of bones in the middle ear • Advancing age • Exposure to loud noises • Allergy • High tinnitus low blood pressure • Tumor • Diabetes • Thyroid problems • Head or neck injury • Reaction to certain medications • Wax buildup • Jaw misalignment • Certain medications What are the symptoms of tinnitus?

People with tinnitus will often complain of hearing these sounds in their head: • Tinnitus • Roaring • Buzzing • Hissing • Clicking They may complain that it interferes with their sleep.

How is tinnitus diagnosed? The diagnosis of tinnitus includes a complete history and physical exam. Your health care provider may request an audiological evaluation. Depending on the suspected cause of the tinnitus, other tests may be needed. How is tinnitus treated? Your health care provider will figure out the best treatment tinnitus on: • How old you are • Your overall health and medical history • How sick you are • How well you can handle specific medications, procedures, or therapies • How long the condition is expected to last • Your opinion or preference Currently, there is no known cure for tinnitus.

However, tinnitus suggest trying one of the following to find relief: • Hearing aids. These may benefit some people with tinnitus who have hearing loss. Using a hearing aid may make some sounds louder. • Cochlear implants. This option is for those who have tinnitus along with severe hearing loss.

• Maskers. These provide help for some people by making tinnitus less noticeable. This small electronic device creates a sound that may make the ringing or roaring seem softer. • Medications. Some medications may ease tinnitus by addressing a problem related to the condition.

Medications may also improve mood or sleep. • Tinnitus retraining therapy. This therapy uses a combination of counseling and maskers. Otolaryngologists and audiologists can help a person learn how to deal with the tinnitus. tinnitus Counseling. A person with tinnitus may benefit from meeting with a counselor or tinnitus group.

• Relaxation. This may provide relief for some people as stress may make tinnitus worse. Living with tinnitus Tinnitus can tinnitus your quality of life. Your healthcare provider may be able to determine the underlying cause, which can then be treated.

Work with your healthcare provider to determine strategies for reducing tinnitus. Tinnitus points • Tinnitus is the sound of ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking that occurs inside the head. • There are many causes of tinnitus and each may be addressed differently. • Treatment varies from the use of hearing aids, maskers, and medication to counseling and relaxation techniques.

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• / ˈ t ɪ n ɪ t ə s/ or / t ɪ ˈ n aɪ t ə s/ Specialty Otorhinolaryngology, audiology Symptoms Hearing sound when no external sound is present [1] Complications Poor concentration, anxiety, depression [2] Usual onset Gradual [3] Causes Noise-induced hearing loss, ear infections, disease of the heart or blood vessels, Ménière's disease, brain tumors, inner ear tumors, emotional stress, traumatic brain injury, excessive earwax [2] [4] Diagnostic method Based on symptoms, audiogram, neurological exam [1] [3] Treatment Counseling, sound generators, hearing aids [2] [5] Frequency ~12.5% [5] Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no corresponding external sound is present.

[1] Nearly everyone will experience a faint "normal tinnitus" in a completely quiet room but it is only of concern if it is bothersome or interferes with normal hearing or correlated with other problems. [6] While often described as a ringing, it may also sound like a clicking, buzzing, hiss, or roaring.

The sound may be soft or loud, low or high pitched, and often appears to be coming from one or both ears or from the head itself. In some people, the sound may interfere with concentration and in some cases it is associated with anxiety and depression. Tinnitus is usually associated with a degree of hearing loss and with decreased comprehension of speech in noisy environments. [2] It is common, affecting about 10–15% of people.

Most, however, tolerate it well, and it is a significant problem in only 1–2% of all people. [5] The word tinnitus comes from the Latin tinnire which means "to ring".

[3] Tinnitus than a disease, tinnitus is a symptom that may result from various underlying causes and may be generated at any level of the auditory system and structures beyond that system. The most common causes are hearing damage, noise-induced hearing loss or age-related hearing loss, known as presbycusis.

[2] Other causes include ear infections, tinnitus of the heart or blood vessels, Ménière's disease, brain tumors, acoustic neuromas (tumors on the auditory nerves of the ear), migraines, tinnitus joint disorders, exposure to certain medications, a previous head injury, earwax; and tinnitus can suddenly emerge during a period of emotional stress. [2] [4] [7] [8] It is more common in those with depression. [3] The diagnosis of tinnitus is usually based on the person's description.

[3] It is commonly supported by an audiogram, an otolaryngological and a neurological tinnitus. [1] [3] The degree of interference with a person's life may be quantified with questionnaires. [3] If certain problems are found, medical imaging, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), may be performed. Other tests are suitable when tinnitus occurs with the same rhythm as the heartbeat.

[3] Rarely, tinnitus sound may be heard by someone else using a stethoscope, in which case it is known as objective tinnitus. [3] Occasionally, spontaneous otoacoustic emissions, sounds produced normally by the inner ear, may result in tinnitus. [9] Prevention involves avoiding exposure to loud tinnitus for longer periods or chronically.

[2] If there is an underlying cause, treating it tinnitus lead to improvements. [3] Otherwise, typically, management involves psychoeducation or counseling, such as talk therapy. [5] Sound generators or hearing aids may help. [2] No medication directly targets tinnitus. Contents • 1 Signs and symptoms • 1.1 Course • tinnitus Psychological effects • 2 Types • 2.1 Subjective tinnitus • 2.1.1 Hearing loss • 2.1.2 Associated factors • 2.2 Objective tinnitus • 2.3 Pulsatile tinnitus • 3 Pathophysiology • 4 Diagnosis • 4.1 Audiology • 4.2 Psychoacoustics • 4.3 Severity • 4.4 Pulsatile tinnitus • 4.5 Differential diagnosis • 5 Prevention • 6 Management • 6.1 Psychological • 6.2 Sound-based interventions • 6.3 Medications • 6.4 Bimodal neuromodulation • 6.5 Other • 6.6 Alternative medicine • 7 Prognosis • 8 Epidemiology • 8.1 Adults • 8.2 Children • 9 See also tinnitus 10 References • 11 External links Signs and symptoms Tinnitus may be perceived in various locations, tinnitus commonly in one or both ears [10] or more central in the head.

The noise can be described in many different ways but is reported as a noise inside a person's head or ear(s) in the absence of auditory stimulation. It tinnitus is described as a ringing noise, but in some people, it takes the form of a high-pitched whining, electric buzzing, hissing, humming, tinging, whistling, ticking, clicking, roaring, beeping, sizzling, a pure steady tone such as that heard during a hearing test, or sounds that slightly resemble human voices, tunes, songs, or animal sounds such as "crickets", "tree frogs", or "locusts ( cicadas)".

[4] Tinnitus may be intermittent or continuous: in the latter case, it may be the cause of great distress. In some individuals, the intensity may be changed by shoulder, neck, head, tongue, jaw, or eye movements, [11] also tinnitus loudness can vary between patients. The sound perceived may range from a quiet background noise to one that even is heard over loud external sounds. The specific type of tinnitus called objective tinnitus is characterized by hearing the sounds of one's own muscle contractions or pulse, which is typically a result of sounds that have been created by the movement of muscles near to one's ear, or sounds related to blood flow in the neck or face.

[12] Course Due to variations in study designs, data on the course of tinnitus showed few consistent results. Generally, the prevalence increased with age in adults, whereas the ratings of annoyance decreased with duration. [13] [14] [15] Psychological effects Besides being an annoying condition to which most people adapt, persistent tinnitus may cause anxiety and depression in some people. [16] [17] Tinnitus annoyance is more strongly associated with the psychological condition of the person than the loudness or frequency range.

[18] [19] Psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, sleep disturbances, and concentration difficulties are common tinnitus those with strongly annoying tinnitus. [20] [21] 45% of people with tinnitus have an anxiety disorder at some time in their life. [22] Psychological research has focussed tinnitus the tinnitus distress reaction (TDR) to account for differences in tinnitus severity.

[20] [23] [24] [25] These findings suggest that among those people, conditioning at the initial perception of tinnitus, tinnitus tinnitus with negative emotions, such as fear and anxiety from unpleasant stimuli at the time. This enhances activity in the limbic system and autonomic nervous system, thus increasing tinnitus tinnitus and annoyance.

[26] Types A common tinnitus classification is into "subjective and objective tinnitus". [3] Tinnitus is usually subjective, meaning that the sounds the person hears are not detectable by means currently available to physicians and hearing technicians. [3] Subjective tinnitus has also been called "tinnitus aurium", "non-auditory" or "non-vibratory" tinnitus.

In rare cases, tinnitus can be heard by someone else using a stethoscope. Even more rarely, in some cases it can be measured as a spontaneous otoacoustic emission (SOAE) in the ear tinnitus. This is classified as objective tinnitus, [3] also called "pseudo-tinnitus" or "vibratory" tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus Subjective tinnitus is the most frequent type of tinnitus. It tinnitus have many possible causes, but most commonly it results from hearing loss.

When the tinnitus is caused by tinnitus of the inner ear or auditory nerve it can be called otic (from the Greek word for ear). [27] These otological or neurological conditions include those triggered by infections, drugs, or trauma. [28] A frequent cause is traumatic noise exposure that damages hair cells in the inner ear. [ citation needed] When there does not seem to be a connection with a disorder of the inner ear or auditory nerve, the tinnitus can be called non-otic.

(i.e. not otic). In some 30% of tinnitus cases, the tinnitus is influenced by the somatosensory system, for instance, people can increase or decrease their tinnitus by moving their face, head, or neck. [29] This type is called somatic or craniocervical tinnitus, since it is only head or neck movements that have an effect.

[27] There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that some tinnitus is a consequence of neuroplastic alterations in the central auditory pathway. These alterations are assumed to result from a disturbed sensory input, caused by hearing loss. [30] Hearing loss could indeed cause a homeostatic response of neurons in the central auditory system, and therefore cause tinnitus. [31] Hearing loss The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss.

Hearing loss may have many different causes, but among those with tinnitus, the major cause is cochlear injury. [30] Ototoxic drugs also may cause subjective tinnitus, as they may cause hearing loss, or increase the damage done by exposure to loud noise.

Those damages may occur even at doses that are not considered ototoxic. [32] More than 260 medications have been reported to cause tinnitus as a side effect. [33] In many cases, however, no underlying cause could be identified.

[2] Tinnitus can also occur due to the discontinuation of therapeutic doses of benzodiazepines. It can sometimes be a protracted symptom of benzodiazepine withdrawal and may persist for many months. [34] [35] Medications such as bupropion may also result in tinnitus.

[36] In many cases, however, no underlying cause can be identified. [37] Associated factors Factors associated with tinnitus include: [38] • ear problems and hearing loss: • conductive hearing loss • acoustic shock • loud noise or music [39] • middle ear effusion • otitis • otosclerosis • Eustachian tube dysfunction • sensorineural hearing loss • excessive or loud noise; e.g. acoustic trauma • presbycusis (age-associated hearing loss) • Ménière's disease • endolymphatic hydrops • tinnitus canal dehiscence • acoustic neuroma • mercury or lead poisoning • ototoxic medications • neurologic disorders: • Arnold–Chiari malformation • multiple sclerosis • head injury • giant cell arteritis • temporomandibular joint dysfunction • metabolic disorders: • vitamin B 12 deficiency [40] • iron deficiency anemia • psychiatric disorders • tinnitus • anxiety disorders • other factors: • vasculitis • Some psychedelic drugs can produce temporary tinnitus-like symptoms as a side effect • 5-MeO-DET [41] • diisopropyltryptamine (DiPT) [42] • benzodiazepine withdrawal [34] [35] • intracranial hyper or hypotension caused by, for example, encephalitis or a cerebrospinal fluid leak Objective tinnitus Objective tinnitus can be detected by other people tinnitus is sometimes caused by an involuntary twitching of a muscle or a group of muscles ( myoclonus) or by a vascular condition.

In some cases, tinnitus is generated by muscle spasms around tinnitus middle ear. [12] Spontaneous otoacoustic emissions (SOAEs), which are faint high-frequency tones that are produced in the inner ear and can be measured in the ear canal with a sensitive microphone, may also cause tinnitus.

[9] About 8% of those with SOAEs and tinnitus have SOAE-linked tinnitus, [ need quotation to verify] while the percentage of all cases of tinnitus caused by SOAEs is estimated at about 4%. [9] Pulsatile tinnitus Some people experience a sound that beats in time with their pulse, known as pulsatile tinnitus or vascular tinnitus. [43] Pulsatile tinnitus is usually objective in nature, resulting from tinnitus blood flow, increased blood turbulence near the ear, such as from atherosclerosis or venous hum, [44] but it can also arise as a subjective phenomenon from an increased awareness of blood flow in the ear.

[43] Rarely, pulsatile tinnitus may be a symptom of potentially life-threatening conditions such as carotid artery aneurysm [45] or carotid artery dissection. [46] Pulsatile tinnitus may also indicate vasculitis, or more specifically, giant cell arteritis.

Pulsatile tinnitus may also be an indication of idiopathic intracranial hypertension. [47] Pulsatile tinnitus can be a symptom of intracranial vascular abnormalities and should be evaluated for irregular noises of blood flow ( bruits). [48] Pathophysiology It may be caused by increased neural activity in the auditory brainstem, where the brain processes sounds, causing some auditory nerve cells to become over-excited. The basis of this theory is that many with tinnitus also have hearing loss.

[49] Three reviews of 2016 emphasized the large range and possible combinations of pathologies involved tinnitus tinnitus, which in turn result in a great variety of symptoms demanding specifically adapted therapies. [50] [51] [52] [53] Diagnosis The diagnostic approach is based on a history of the condition and an examination of the head, neck, and neurological system.

[37] Typically an audiogram is done, and occasionally medical imaging or tinnitus. [37] Treatable conditions may include middle ear infection, acoustic neuroma, concussion, and otosclerosis. [54] Evaluation of tinnitus can include a hearing tinnitus (audiogram), measurement of acoustic parameters of the tinnitus like pitch and loudness, and psychological assessment of comorbid conditions like depression, anxiety, and stress that are associated with severity of the tinnitus.

[ citation needed] One definition of tinnitus, as compared to normal ear noise experience, is lasting five minutes at least twice a week. [55] However, people with tinnitus often experience the noise more frequently than this. Tinnitus can be present constantly or intermittently. Some people with constant tinnitus might not be aware of it all the time, but only tinnitus example during the night when there is less environmental noise to mask it. Chronic tinnitus can be defined as tinnitus with duration of six months or more.

[56] Audiology Since most persons with tinnitus also have hearing loss, a pure tone hearing test resulting in an audiogram may help diagnose a cause, though some persons with tinnitus do not have hearing loss.


An audiogram may also facilitate fitting tinnitus a hearing aid in those cases where hearing loss is significant. The pitch of tinnitus is often in the range of the hearing loss. Psychoacoustics Acoustic qualification of tinnitus will include measurement of several acoustic parameters like frequency in cases of monotone tinnitus or frequency range and bandwidth in cases of narrow band noise tinnitus, loudness in dB above hearing threshold at the indicated frequency, mixing-point, and minimum masking level.

[57] In most cases, tinnitus pitch or frequency range is between tinnitus kHz and 10 kHz, [58] and loudness between 5 and 15 dB above the hearing threshold. [59] Another relevant parameter of tinnitus is residual inhibition, the temporary suppression or disappearance of tinnitus following a period of masking.

The degree of residual inhibition may indicate how effective tinnitus maskers would be as a treatment modality. [60] [61] An assessment of tinnitus, a frequent accompaniment of tinnitus, [62] may also be made. [63] Tinnitus is related to negative reactions to sound and can take many forms.

One associated parameter that tinnitus be measured is Loudness Discomfort Level (LDL) in dB, the subjective level of acute discomfort at specified frequencies over the frequency range of hearing. This defines a dynamic range between the hearing threshold at that frequency and the loudness discomfort level.

A compressed tinnitus range over a particular frequency range can be associated with hyperacusis. Normal hearing threshold is generally defined tinnitus 0–20 decibels (dB). Normal loudness discomfort levels are 85–90+ dB, with some authorities citing 100 dB.

A dynamic range of 55 dB or less is indicative of hyperacusis. [64] [65] Severity The condition is often rated on a scale from "slight" to "severe" according to the effects it has, such as interference with sleep, quiet activities and normal daily activities. [66] Assessment of psychological processes related to tinnitus involves measurement of tinnitus severity and distress (i.e., nature and extent of tinnitus-related problems), measured subjectively by validated self-report tinnitus questionnaires.

[20] These questionnaires measure the degree of psychological distress and handicap associated with tinnitus, including effects on hearing, lifestyle, health and emotional functioning.


{INSERTKEYS} [67] [68] [69] A broader assessment of general functioning, such as levels of anxiety, depression, stress, life stressors and sleep difficulties, is also important in the assessment of tinnitus due to higher risk of negative well-being across these areas, which may be affected by or exacerbate the tinnitus symptoms for the individual. [70] Overall, current assessment measures are aimed to identify individual levels of distress and interference, coping responses and perceptions of tinnitus to inform treatment and monitor progress.

However, wide variability, inconsistencies and lack of consensus regarding assessment methodology are evidenced in the literature, limiting comparison of treatment effectiveness. [71] Developed to guide diagnosis or classify severity, most tinnitus questionnaires have been shown to be treatment-sensitive outcome measures. [72] Pulsatile tinnitus If the examination reveals a bruit (sound due to turbulent blood flow), imaging studies such as transcranial doppler (TCD) or magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) should be performed.

[73] [74] [75] Differential diagnosis Other potential sources of the sounds normally associated with tinnitus should be ruled out. For instance, two recognized sources of high-pitched sounds might be electromagnetic fields common in modern wiring and various sound signal transmissions. A common and often misdiagnosed condition that mimics tinnitus is radio frequency (RF) hearing, in which subjects have been tested and found to hear high-pitched transmission frequencies that sound similar to tinnitus.

[76] [77] Prevention Safety sign from the UK Government Regulations requiring ear protection Prolonged exposure to loud sound or noise levels can lead to tinnitus.

[78] Custom made ear plugs or other measures can help with prevention. Employers may use hearing loss prevention programs to help educate and prevent dangerous levels of exposure to noise. Government organizations set regulations to ensure employees, if following the protocol, should have minimal risk to permanent damage to their hearing.

[79] Motorbike riders are also advised to wear ear plugs when riding to avoid the risk of tinnitus, caused by overexposure to loud noises such as wind noise. [80] Several medicines have ototoxic effects, and can have a cumulative effect that can increase the damage done by noise. If ototoxic medications must be administered, close attention by the physician to prescription details, such as dose and dosage interval, can reduce the damage done.

[81] [82] [83] Management If a specific underlying cause is determined, treating it may lead to improvements. [3] Otherwise, the primary treatment for tinnitus is talk therapy, [5] sound therapy, or hearing aids. There are no effective drugs that treat tinnitus. [3] [84] [85] Psychological The best supported treatment for tinnitus is a type of counseling called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) which can be delivered via the internet or in person.

[5] [72] [86] It decreases the amount of stress those with tinnitus feel. [87] These benefits appear to be independent of any effect on depression or anxiety in an individual. [86] Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) also shows promise in the treatment of tinnitus. [88] Relaxation techniques may also be useful. [3] A clinical protocol called Progressive Tinnitus Management for treatment of tinnitus has been developed by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

[89] Sound-based interventions The use of sound therapy by either hearing aids or tinnitus maskers may help the brain ignore the specific tinnitus frequency. Whilst these methods are poorly supported by evidence, there are no negative effects. [3] [90] [91] There are several approaches for tinnitus sound therapy. The first is sound modification to compensate for the individual's hearing loss.

The second is a signal spectrum notching to eliminate energy close to the tinnitus frequency. [92] [93] There is some tentative evidence supporting tinnitus retraining therapy, which is aimed at reducing tinnitus-related neuronal activity. [3] [94] [93] There are preliminary data on an alternative tinnitus treatment using mobile applications, including various methods: masking, sound therapy, relaxing exercises and other.

[95] [96] These applications can work as a separate device or as a hearing aid control system. [97] Medications As of 2018 [update] there were no medications effective for idiopathic tinnitus.

[3] [78] [98] There is not enough evidence to determine if antidepressants [99] or acamprosate are useful. [100] There is no high-quality evidence to support the use of benzodiazepines for tinnitus. [3] [98] [101] Usefulness of melatonin, as of 2015, is unclear. [102] It is unclear if anticonvulsants are useful for treating tinnitus. [3] [103] Steroid injections into the middle ear also do not seem to be effective. [104] [105] There is no evidence to suggest that the use of betahistine to treat tinnitus is effective.

[106] Botulinum toxin injection has been tried with some success in some of the rare cases of objective tinnitus from a palatal tremor. [107] Caroverine is used in a few countries to treat tinnitus. [108] The evidence for its usefulness is very weak. [109] Bimodal neuromodulation In 2020, information about recent clinical trials has indicated that bimodal neuromodulation may be a promising treatment for reducing the symptoms of tinnitus.

It is a noninvasive technique that involves applying an electrical stimulus to the tongue while also administering sounds. [110] Equipment associated with the treatments is available through physicians. Studies with it and similar devices continue in several research centers. [ citation needed] Other There is some evidence supporting neuromodulation techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation; [3] [111] transcranial direct current stimulation and neurofeedback.

However, the effects in terms of tinnitus relief are still under debate. Alternative medicine Ginkgo biloba does not appear to be effective. [98] [112] The American Academy of Otolaryngology recommends against taking melatonin or zinc supplements to relieve symptoms of tinnitus, and reported that evidence for efficacy of many dietary supplements—lipoflavonoids, garlic, homeopathy, traditional Chinese/Korean herbal medicine, honeybee larvae, other various vitamins and minerals—did not exist.

[78] A 2016 Cochrane Review also concluded that evidence was not sufficient to support taking zinc supplements to reduce symptoms associated with tinnitus. [113] Prognosis While there is no cure, most people with tinnitus get used to it over time; for a minority, it remains a significant problem.

[5] Epidemiology Adults Tinnitus affects 10–15% of people. [5] About a third of North Americans over 55 experience tinnitus. [114] Tinnitus affects one third of adults at some time in their lives, whereas ten to fifteen percent are disturbed enough to seek medical evaluation. [115] Children Tinnitus is commonly thought of as a symptom of adulthood, and is often overlooked in children.

Children with hearing loss have a high incidence of tinnitus, even though they do not express the condition or its effect on their lives. [116] [117] Children do not generally report tinnitus spontaneously and their complaints may not be taken seriously. [118] Among those children who do complain of tinnitus, there is an increased likelihood of associated otological or neurological pathology such as migraine, juvenile Meniere's disease or chronic suppurative otitis media.

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