What is tinnitus?

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Tinnitus is the sound of ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing, or clicking that occurs inside the head. The sounds may come and go, be continuous, occur in one or both ears, and vary in pitch. Currently, more than 50 million people in the U.S. suffer from some degree of tinnitus. Of these individuals, at least 2 million experience it so severely that it interferes with their daily activities, according to the American Tinnitus Association.

What causes tinnitus?

Tinnitus may result from a variety of causes, including:

Treatment for tinnitus

Specific treatment for tinnitus will be determined by your health care provider based on:

Currently, tinnitus has no known cure. However, experts suggest trying one of the following to find relief:

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