Tinnitus treatment with the hearing clinic UKTinnitus is the medical term to describe noises heard either in one ear, both ears or in the head. The sounds heard can vary from person to person, but the common link is that they don’t have an external source. More than five million people in the UK have tinnitus. It is not a disease or an illness; in most cases, it’s a symptom of a problem within the hearing system.

Research has shown that tinnitus can be linked to several things, including:

  • hearing loss
  • exposure to loud noise
  • certain medications
  • ear or head injuries
  • some ear conditions and infections
  • emotional stress
  • metabolic and neurological disorders.

However, sometimes there is no recognisable link. The exact cause of tinnitus is not yet fully understood and research is ongoing.