Tinnitus

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Internal medicine

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  • Tingling in the ears

  • There is a low-pitched tinnitus like a sound of cicada

  • I hear high-pitched tinnitus like a whistle

  • Tinnitus can be heard on one side only

  • Clicking in the ears

  • Has a tinnitus like a metallic sound

  • Tinnitus can be heard from one ear

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Tinnitus is when one experiences ringing or other noises in one or both of the ears. The noise heard during the episode of tinnitus isn't caused by an external sound, and other people usually can't hear it.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Ringing in the ears

Possible causes

  • Adjustment disorder

    A psychological disorder, often with low mood and anxiety. It is triggered by a sudden change in life circumstances, e.g. divorce or losing a job.

  • Hearing loss

    Hearing loss can be partial or complete. It could be a result of eardrum damage, damage to the hearing bones, inner ear or nerve damage, birth defect, trauma, disease, tumors, certain medication, exposure to loud noise or due to aging.

  • Menopausal syndrome

    A collection of physical and mental symptoms seen in menopause. The cause is a decrease in estrogen (female hormone) levels.

  • Perilymph fistula
  • Otitis media
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Social anxiety disorder
  • Meniere disease

Related serious diseases

  • Cerebral infarction

    Cerebral infarction is the term given to damage to brain tissue as a result of stroke. Cerebral infarction occurs due to reduced blood supply and oxygen delivery to the brain. This results in the death of brain cells and brain damage. It is usually caused by a blood clot or fatty/ cholesterol plaques blocking a blood vessel to the brain, but can also happen if a blood vessel ruptures and bleeds into the brain.

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have tinnitus (ringing in the ears)?

  • Do you have ringing in one ear only?

  • Do you have a ringing sound like low humming/bug chirping in you ear?

  • Do you have a ringing sound like high pitched metallic tone or shriek/whistling in your ear?

  • Do you have ear pain?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

References

  • Tinnitus

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/tinnitus/

Medically Reviewed By:

Rohini R

Rohini R, MD

Ear, nose, throat (ENT)

Yoshinori Abe

Yoshinori Abe, MD

Internal medicine

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