Ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring. It is a sensation of sound generated inside your head that only you can hear. This sensation is called tinnitus and it is surprisingly common — approximately 10% of people experience it all the time, while others experience it occasionally.
It is still uncertain how tinnitus begins. As with hearing loss, tinnitus is often associated with:
Exposure to loud sounds
Natural aging process
Sudden impact noises
Injuries to the head and neck
Emotional distress or stress
Some people can ignore their tinnitus most of the time. For others, however, the symptoms can become so disturbing that a proper night’s sleep is impossible. A negative cycle can begin, causing tinnitus to take center stage in everyday life. Consult a physician or hearing professional if you are experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus.