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Tinnitus is a term that describes any sound that a person can hear that comes from inside the body rather than from an outside source.
The different sounds of tinnitus
The symptoms of tinnitus can affect different people in different ways, and the severity of the noises that are heard can range from mild to severe.
Causes of tinnitus
It may not always be possible to identify what's causing tinnitus but it's often linked to other conditions or factors that affect hearing.
Diagnosing tinnitus
It's very important that you see your GP if you have a problem with your hearing, such as hearing ringing or buzzing sounds.
Treating tinnitus
If your tinnitus is caused by an underlying health condition, treating the condition will help stop or reduce the sounds that you can hear.
"I love listening to music. It drowns out the tinnitus"
Jan Dawson, 30, was diagnosed with Ménière’s disease. She also has hearing loss and tinnitus. Jan talks about how time and being positive has helped her get used to the condition.
"I always thought the noises I heard were normal"
Paul Burrows, 45, has had tinnitus for as long as he can remember. He tells us what it’s like living with it.
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