Tinnitus is a sound heard in one or both ears when there is no external noise. The sound is often described as ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or whistling. The noise can also be rhythmic, imitating the body’s heartbeat/pulse.
Tinnitus can be a temporary or permanent problem. The noise can affect concentration and cause insomnia. At a chronic stage, it can lead to anxiety and even depression. This condition is more common in individuals over the age of 60.
This condition can persist throughout the day and even at night. It can disappear at certain time periods. However, it is often still present most of the day.