What is Tinnitus | Ringing in Left, Right or Both Ears – Hearing Excellence

What Is Tinnitus?

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’.

  • It can be present in either the left or right ear or both ears and can sound like:
    • ringing
    • buzzing
    • roaring
    • hissing
    • clicking
    • music
    • humming
    • crickets & more
  • It can begin at any stage of life and is more common than you would expect and can worsen with age.
  • Tinnitus can be accompanied by feeling of pressure or pain in or around ears.
  • The intensity of the tinnitus may range from being a quiet background noise, heard in low-noise environments, to being so loud that it is audible over loud external sounds. People who have very sensitive hearing can have a form of tinnitus that makes normal sound levels appear uncomfortably harsh and loud.

How Common is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus affects approximately 15% of the overall population.

The Effects of Tinnitus

Stress & Annoyance

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.

Trouble sleeping with tinnitus

Difficulty Sleeping

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.

Find Out the Causes of Tinnitus 

There are many things that can trigger or cause tinnitus click here to learn more.

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