Tinnitus is noises in the head, not related to any psychiatric condition. The noise can be heard anywhere in the head or in one or both ears.

Imagine a constant ringing, buzzing or whistling in your ears, 24 hours a day. It is called tinnitus. You never get a break. It is always there. Nobody else but you can hear the noise because it does not come from any external source. Although you are the only person who can hear the noise it is not a result of your imagination.

Almost all of us experience tinnitus temporarily; perhaps for a few hours after a concert or any other occasion where our ears are subjected to noise.

Tinnitus becomes a problem when this noise persists and/or increases. Normally, the ringing in the ears will disappear, but it may also become permanent.

The majority of people who suffer from tinnitus find it very disturbing and uncomfortable.

More young people

Tinnitus is common in people over the age of 40, but is becoming increasingly prevalent in younger people, as well, because of increased daily noise levels, including those caused by the unrestrained use of MP3s, iPods and other personal stereos.

Although tinnitus is more common among people who suffer from hearing loss, anyone can suffer from tinnitus. It is also possible to suffer from major hearing loss without contracting tinnitus at all.

Close relationship between Tinnitus and Hearing loss

Almost all people suffering from tinnitus also suffer from hearing loss.

Causes of tinnitus

Most commonly, tinnitus is caused by noise. Working in noisy surroundings without using hearing protection increases the risk of tinnitus and hearing loss.

Tinnitus affecting job performance

Tinnitus poses challenges at work. Many people with tinnitus fear for their future job prospects.

More and more tinnitus

Ear specialists see increasing numbers of tinnitus patients. For many people, tinnitus is a daily annoyance.

Earplugs make a difference

Erplugs can make a big difference when going to a concert, night club or other places where loud music is being played.

How to live with tinnitus

Living with tinnitus can be difficult. Treatment and coping strategies can help.

Can tinnitus be cured?

Tinnitus can take many forms. The bothersome and uncomfortable noise in your ear varies from one tinnitus sufferer to another.

Tinnitus patients feel better with hearing aids

A hearing aid may help, according to hearing specialists. Hearing aids may reduce the stress of bad hearing.