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Tinnitus

What is Tinnitus?
-Tinnitus is a symptom that occurs when you perceive sounds that originate in your head.  It is usually accompanied by sensorineural hearing loss.  Many people report that their tinnitus sounds like ringing, crickets or buzzing, but tinnitus can also sound like many different things.  The mechanisms that produce tinnitus are not well understood.  Anything that causes hearing loss can cause tinnitus, including noise exposure, aging, trauma and ototoxic medications.

-Approximately 1 person in every 10 has tinnitus.  About 1 person in 200 has a very bothersome tinnitus that interferes with their ability to lead a normal life.  In about 75% of the patients, the tinnitus gets worse and in about 15% it improves over time.  Most patients adjust to it.

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