Tinnitus, or ring in the ears, is a sensation of noise in the ears in the lack of real external sound. Tinnitus is not a disease itself, but rather a symptom of a condition. Tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss, particularly noise-induced hearing loss. The causes for tinnitus are very diverse and therefore no common treatment for tinnitus exists.
Some common causes for tinnitus include: extensive exposure to loud sounds (e.g., workplace noise or loud music), ear infections, high doses of certain drugs (like aspirin). Tinnitus can also be caused by diseases like hypertension, diabetes, Meniere's syndrome, atherosclerosis, thyroid disorders, and others. Tinnitus can also occur naturally with age, or due to frequent sex, stress, or depression. download Guide PDF