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What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the name for the condition whereby people experience sounds which do not have an external origin.
The noises may be heard as ringing, buzzing, whistling, roaring, rumbling, whining, clicking or other variations. One or both ears may be affected.
Tinnitus can result from a number of events and conditions. Exposure to loud noise is a common one; it can also be associated with ageing, head or ear surgery or certain drugs. In some people, tinnitus develops after a cold or flu, an ear infection or a period of severe stress. Temporary tinnitus following a night at a loud party or nightclub is common, but repeated exposure to loud noise and music can result in long-term ear damage, including permanent tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a psychological illness, but it can cause psychological distress.
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