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Tinnitus (ringing)

Definition: a sound coming from the patient's ear that is not heard by other people.  Usually it is a ringing sound or a cricket sound.  It can be constant or intermittent. Ringing is usually worse at night when the environment is quiet.

Symptoms/possible causes: tinnitus is the result of a hearing loss 98% of the time.  It is unusual to see ringing without a hearing loss.

Possible course of treatment: after a careful ear exam and hearing test, masking out with some sound, like music is the only helpful and useful treatment. In severe cases, a tinnitus masker can be used.

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