It manifests as continuous or intermittent sounds in the ears. Some people who have experienced Tinnitus describe is as a buzzing, clicking, hissing, or whistling sound. These sounds, which are not actually occurring but are perceived to be heard, can be low or high pitched and in only one or both ears.
Some of the causes of Tinnitus include aging, gradual hearing loss, exposure to loud noises, use of in-ear headphones, excessive ear wax, infection, as well as smoking and drinking alcohol. Injury to the ear through head trauma can also be a factor. One important thing to remember is that Tinnitus is merely a sign of a different pre-existing hearing condition. Therefore, visiting a hearing health care professional to determine the root cause of the condition is key to treating Tinnitus.