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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus Explained

The simplest explanation of Tinnitus is a ringing or buzzing in the ears that does not come from an external source. You may think it is a problem with the ear, but its cause actually comes from the brain. Sound information is processed from an area in the brain called the auditory cortex. The auditory cortex is divided up into areas that are responsible for processing different frequencies. When the nerves that are connected to the auditory cortex are damaged, it causes them to fire randomly. This unregulated activity causes us to perceive the tinnitus signal. Over time this activity will become permanent.

Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus is very common among adults. The following factors are known to be involved in the development of tinnitus:

 Normal aging process

 Exposure to a loud noise

 Head or ear injury

 Ear infection

 Medication side effect

 Hearing loss (either a known loss or more subtle change to the hearing)


You cannot stop tinnitus from happening but you can try to prevent it as much as humanly possible. If you know that you will be exposed to loud noises, bring some earplugs to dampen the sound. Smaller foam-type earplugs can be difficult to insert properly. If you’re trying to enjoy a loud event, position yourself as far away as possible while still being able to experience what you came for. It is always up to you to decide what has more worth to you: hearing or experience.

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