Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other sounds. It can be intermittent or continuous, and it can vary in loudness. In some cases, the sound is in sync with your heartbeat.
Tinnitus is very common and affects approximately 36 million Americans. For most people, tinnitus is just an annoyance. For some people, the condition is so severe that it causes people to have difficulty concentrating and sleeping and may result in psychological distress.
Some instances of tinnitus can be caused by infections or blockages in the ear and will clear up after the underlying cause is treated.
Prior to any treatment, it is important to have a thorough examination and evaluation by an otolaryngologist.