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What Is Tinnitus?

When a ringing sound starts in your ear for no apparent reason and no one else seems to hear it, it can be disconcerting.

Tinnitus, is a noise that originates within the ear rather than from the outside environment.

The sound itself is different for each person and is often described as a buzzing, ringing, humming or hissing sound.

There are two different types of tinnitus. Subjective tinnitus is a sound only you can hear.

Objective tinnitus, on the other hand, is ear noise that is loud enough to be audible to other people.

Tonal tinnitus produces a continuous, usually high-pitched sound, as if a single note on the piano continues to play without stopping.

Pulsatile tinnitus is generally heard in an “on-off� pattern that often follows the heartbeat.

If you have ringing in the ears, schedule an appointment with your hearing healthcare provider to learn what you might be able to do to alleviate or reduce the annoying sounds of tinnitus.

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