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      Tinnitus is often described as 'ringing in the ears', but it's the name for hearing any sound in your ears or head when there's nothing outside your body that's making that sound.

      This section explains what tinnitus is, what causes it, and what support is available to help you manage it.

      If you'd like more information and support, get in touch with our Tinnitus Helpline. We also have an online Tinnitus forum, where you can share experiences and pick up tips.

      Tinnitus Helpline


      0808 808 9000

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      What is tinnitus?

      Do you hear ringing or other sounds in your ears or head that don't have an external source? The medical name for this is tinnitus.

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      What causes tinnitus?

      It's not yet known exactly what causes tinnitus, but it can be linked to different things. It's usually a symptom of a problem within the hearing system.

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      How is tinnitus diagnosed?

      If you think you have tinnitus, the first step is to see your GP. They'll check your ears and refer you to a specialist for tests and support if needed.

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      Managing tinnitus

      If you're struggling with tinnitus, help is available. There are different therapies, and simple things you can do, to make tinnitus easier to manage.

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      Did you know?

      Everyone’s tinnitus is different, but it’s usually described as a ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring or humming sound. There may be one or more sounds and the noise may be there all the time or come and go.