Tinnitus is the perception of sound,
or “ringing,” in one or both ears
when no other sound is present. It
can be intermittent or constant—
with single or multiple tones—and
its perceived volume can range from
subtle to shattering.
Self-reported tinnitus in people of all
ages indicates that tinnitus affects up
to ¹∕³ of the general population.
You can be exposed to damaging noise, a leading cause of tinnitus, from many sources in
day-to-day or recreational activites, such as:
to see if hearing loss is present. Since tinnitus can be associated with
a number of hearing-related conditions, the hearing (audiologic)
evaluation can help provide information about the cause and
treatment options for you.
Avoid loud noise whenever possible—if you must shout to be heard, then you should
avoid the situation.
You can also:
INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING SYMPTOMS OF TINNITUS REPORT FEELING:
Long ﬂ ights
Use earplugs and earmuffs
when noise exposure is
Keep personal listening
devices set to no more than
Take breaks from
Move away from loud
sounds if you don’t have
Age in years
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