Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms include these types of phantom noises in your ears:
The phantom noise may vary in pitch from a low roar to a high squeal and you may hear it in one or both ears. In some cases, the sound can be so loud it can interfere with your ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. Tinnitus may be present all the time or it may come and go.
If you believe that you have tinnitus, try not to worry. One of the things that we do know about tinnitus is that stress can bring it on or even make it worse. There is help available and this will probably mean managing the condition - it may even disappear if a symptom of an underlying condition can be treated.
Unfortunately there is no known cure for tinnitus and often it can be a symptom of some other condition. Tinnitus treatment can extend to counselling and tinnitus therapy.
For more information, you can download our tinnitus booklet.