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What is tinnitus?

Dr. Emily Martinson, AuD, PhD 

Tinnitus, or noise in the ears, is a common sensation for people with hearing loss, and can even occur in normal-hearing people. Tinnitus can be defined as a sound or noise in the ears that is not present in the outside world. This can include ringing, buzzing, beeping, whooshing, or chirping, and can be in just one ear or both.

While tinnitus is a very annoying sensation, little is known about the cause of tinnitus. Stay tuned to future blog posts about theories of tinnitus, but (spoiler alert) the most common cause is hearing loss.

Often patients are able to cover up their tinnitus with background noise, such as music, television, a white noise generator, or use of a tinnitus app. While there are many apps designed to help mask tinnitus, the Starkey Relax and Resound Relief apps are my personal favorite.

What do you do to feel relief from your tinnitus?