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      Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds in your ears or head that don’t have any external source.

      It’s often described as ‘ringing in the ears’, but many people hear different sounds such as buzzing, clicking, whooshing or humming. All of these sounds come from inside, rather than outside, the body.

      This section tells you all about tinnitus, what to do if you think you may have it, and what help is available if it’s causing you problems.

      For more information and support, visit our Tinnitus forum, download our free tinnitus factsheets or contact our Tinnitus Helpline.

      You can listen to what tinnitus can sound like here:

      Tinnitus Helpline


      0808 808 9000

      Introduction to tinnitus

      Here's a quick overview of what tinnitus is, what it’s linked to, how it affects people, and how it can be managed.

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      Signs of tinnitus

      Do you have ringing, buzzing or other sounds in your ears? The medical term for this is tinnitus. Listen to examples of what tinnitus can sound like.

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      Causes of 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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      Seeing your GP

      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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      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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