What Is It

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. Tinnitus is not a disease in itself. It is a symptom of a fault in a person’s auditory (hearing) system, which includes the ears and the brain.

The word ‘tinnitus’ is from the Latin for ‘tinkling or ringing like a bell’. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. Approximately 17 to 20 per cent of Australians suffer from some degree of tinnitus, varying from mild to severe.

Tinnitus can be extremely debilitating, affecting peoples’ abilities to work or cope with normal life activities.

Many people are told that ‘there is nothing that can be done’ or ‘you will have to learn to live with it’. This is totally wrong. Although there is no cure, people with tinnitus can learn techniques to successfully manage their tinnitus to the point where the tinnitus is no longer a problem for them, and they can continue to lead full and productive lives.

 

What Is It