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What does it mean to have tinnitus?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Noises in the head

Tinnitus is any abnormal sound that you hear that is not coming from your surroundings.
The exact cause is not known but is thought to be related to abnormal discharge from the cells of the inner ear. It is usually, but not always, associated with hearing loss. By itself, it is rarely an indication of anything serious. It should always be evaluated with a hearing test.

In brief: Noises in the head

Tinnitus is any abnormal sound that you hear that is not coming from your surroundings.
The exact cause is not known but is thought to be related to abnormal discharge from the cells of the inner ear. It is usually, but not always, associated with hearing loss. By itself, it is rarely an indication of anything serious. It should always be evaluated with a hearing test.
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Lloyd Williams
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Ringing in ears

Tinnitus is a ringing in your ears.
It can be caused by many different things which range from normal to serious. It would be difficult to know why someone has it without doing a complete exam.

In brief: Ringing in ears

Tinnitus is a ringing in your ears.
It can be caused by many different things which range from normal to serious. It would be difficult to know why someone has it without doing a complete exam.
Dr. Lloyd Williams
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