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Tinnitus

Do you find you have ringing, hissing or roaring sounds in your ears 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 the condition.

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.

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 advice.

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What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a medical term to describe the perception of noise either in one ear, both ears or in the head, when there is no corresponding external sound.
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I think I have tinnitus

If you think you have tinnitus, the first step is to see your GP. This is crucial because your tinnitus may be caused by a temporary condition that your GP can treat.
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Is there a cure for tinnitus?

There is currently no single treatment for tinnitus that works in the same way for everyone, and research to find a cure is ongoing.
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How can I manage my tinnitus?

There are many different therapies and products to help you manage your tinnitus so that it has little or no impact on your life.
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What are we doing about tinnitus?

Our goal is to ease the distress experienced by millions of people who have tinnitus.
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Tinnitus Information Line - telephone 0808 808 6666 (freephone)

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