Tinnitus is the symptom of hearing sounds or noises in the ears, such as a buzzing, whistling, whirring, hissing, or ringing sound in the ears. There are many different sounds possible. Occasional bouts of brief tinnitus are normal and not associated with a disorder. But continuous tinnitus or recurring episodes of tinnitus may be abnormal. Causes include a number of different ear conditions, or sometimes a cardiovascular disorder, systemic disorder, or drug reaction. In most cases, the sound is only heard by the patient, but in some cases of tinnitus it is a “real” sound occurring in the nearby body structures that is being heard.
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