Have you ever heard a ringing or buzzing sound but could not figure out where it came from? There’s a chance that the noise actually originated inside of your brain! Millions of Americans are diagnosed with a condition called tinnitus, which is the perception of sound in one or both ears without there actually being an external sound. The symptoms of tinnitus are varied, and the sounds people hear can range in pitch, volume, and frequency, yet almost all people with the condition will note that it’s frustrating to live with.
Although researchers have made significant progress in determining effective treatment methods for tinnitus, no one has developed an exact cause or cure for the condition. What is known is that tinnitus actually indicates that another problem is present in the auditory nerve or the parts of the brain that process the sounds we hear. While some cases of tinnitus can be resolved by simple earwax removal, other causes can be attributed to: