Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-it-tus”) is an abnormal noise in the ear. Tinnitus is extremely common – nearly 36 million Americans have tinnitus. More than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus.
About 6% of the general population has what they consider to be “severe” tinnitus. It can sound like a low roar, a high-pitched ring or a variety of other sounds. Many times this sound is intermittent or constant and could be a symptom of other medical issues. Tinnitus may be in both ears or just in one ear. Seven million Americans are so severely affected that they cannot lead normal lives.
If You Have Tinnitus
One of the most important things to do is to report your tinnitus to your primary physician. He or she can check to see if it is related to blood pressure, kidney function, diet, ear wax, allergies or related to any medicine you are taking.