What is tinnitus?

The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound.

What does tinnitus sound like?

Everybody’s experience of tinnitus is different. You might hear different types of sound, for example ringing, buzzing, whooshing or humming. The noise may be low, medium or high‑pitched. There may be a single noise or two or more components. The noise may be continuous or it may come and go.


Who can get Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is very common and is reported in all age groups, even young children. About 30% of people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives but the number of people who live with persistent tinnitus is approximately 10%.

Tinnitus is more common in people who have hearing loss or other ear problems, but it can also be found in people with normal hearing.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Although we don’t know the exact causes of tinnitus, we know that it is not a disease or an illness. It is generally agreed that tinnitus results from some type of change, either mental or physical, not necessarily related to hearing. It is often associated with:

What Should I Do?

RG Hearing will be able to offer you advice and support, with over 19 years of experience and working along side an ENT consultant we are able to provide you with the dedicated support and care you deserve.  Please call for more information or to book your consultation.

guidance from the British Tinnitus Association