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Tinnitus - or ringing in ears

James lives with tinnitus. Find out why he thinks you should protect your hearing.

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Have you ever had ringing ears after a gig or club night?

That’s a warning sign loud music may have damaged your ears. 90% of young people have had this at least once. It’s called temporary tinnitus.

The damage builds up gradually, and the effects, such as long term tinnitus or hearing loss may not be noticed until years later when it’s too late.

Seven million people in the UK have experienced tinnitus at some point, and for half a million people the effect on their lives is severe.

Worried you might be doing damage? Find out 5 ways to protect your hearing right now.

What does tinnitus sound like?

Listen to our tinnitus simulation (mp3 file) to discover how some people experience tinnitus.

Tinnitus describes noises that people can hear in one ear, both ears or in the head. It could be ringing, buzzing or whistling.

The sounds vary from person to person. The common link is that they don’t have an external source.

Need more information or worried you may already have tinnitus?

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