Tinnitus is defined as a perception of sound of varying intensity, loudness and pitch in the absence of external sound. This phantom noise is often referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’ or ‘head noise’.
Tinnitus affects approximately 15% of the overall population.
Tinnitus sufferers usually develop feelings of annoyance, frustration and experience stress because of constant buzzing or ringing noises in one or both ears that can make it difficult to hear in normal situations.
It can find it difficult to relax, concentrate and sleep as tinnitus noises like buzzing, ringing and humming noises tend to stand out in quiet situations with nothing to distract from the noise.
People with severe tinnitus might experience feelings of panic and depression that can progress to chronic stress.