What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a noise not originating from the environment outside the patient. Tinnitus is most commonly associated with hearing loss. People with severe cases of tinnitus may find it difficult to hear, work, or even sleep. The noise is commonly experienced as a buzzing or ringing in one or both ears.
Tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying problem relating to hearing loss, circulation, noise exposure, medication, or ear injury. Unwanted noise may arise in the inner ear, the hearing nerve pathway and surrounding structures, or the brain itself. Bothersome as it may be, it usually is not a sign that something is seriously wrong. However, the effects of tinnitus can have a significant impact on quality of life. It may be associated with fatigue, stress, memory problems, irritability, sleep problems, and anxiety, to name a few. People with tinnitus may not have any perceptible hearing loss.