What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a condition in which a person perceives sound that is not actually present in the environment. It is often described as "ringing in the ears" but can include virtually any type of sound including whooshing, hissing, or whistling.
There are many possible causes for tinnitus but most cases are related to damage to the auditory system. This may or may not include subjective hearing loss. Often a single event or a condition unrelated to the hearing system may seem to trigger tinnitus.
What Causes Tinnitus?
An audiologist is necessary to evaluate your tinnitus and can determine if a treatable medical condition exists or if further evaluation from an ENT is necessary. Your audiologist can determine the possible source of your tinnitus and what course of treatment is most appropriate, if any.