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      Tinnitus

      Do you find you have ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring sounds in your ear(s) or head that no one else can hear?

      The medical name for this is tinnitus. It comes from the Latin word 'tinnire', which means 'to ring'.

      A common myth is that there's nothing you can do about tinnitus. The truth is, there are many therapies and products to help you manage it.

      This section tells you all about tinnitus including what it is, what it sounds like, what causes it and, most importantly, how you can manage it. You can also find out what we're doing about it at Action on Hearing Loss.

      If you're looking for the latest discussions about tinnitus, visit our tinnitus forum, where you'll find a great online community full of information and support. You can also download our free tinnitus factsheets or contact our tinnitus helpline to find out more.

      You can find out what tinnitus sound like by listening to our audio file.

      There are two types of tinnitus – the sounds heard vary from person to person, but they always come from inside your body, rather than an outside source.

      Some people worry that tinnitus may be a sign of a serious illness, but this is very rarely the case - it's most commonly caused by changes that take place in the cochlea.

      If you think you may have tinnitus, your GP can refer to you a specialist who will check your hearing and talk about the treatments available and how to manage your condition.

      While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are many different therapies, products and techniques to help you manage your condition, and reduce the impact it has on your life

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      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.

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      Look at ways you can manage your tinnitus including therapies and products that can help, as well as some of the support that is available to you.

      There are many products and apps designed to help you manage tinnitus with relaxing sound therapy.

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