Friday, March 28, 2014

Tinnitus is sound in the head with no external source. For many, its a ringing sound, while for others, its whistling, buzzing, humming or even shrieking. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about tinnitus in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Tinnitus is a sound you may hear when there is not sound coming from a source outside your body. It may sound like a ringing, buzzing or clicking inside your head.

The pitch can range from high to low. It can occur for a few seconds or all the time. Tinnitus may seem louder or more annoying at night.

The most common cause is hearing loss. When people begin to lose their hearing, the hearing part of the brain does not receive normal sound input. The brain begins to sense sound that is not there, causing tinnitus. Other possible causes include impacted ear wax, middle ear fluid and certain medicines, including aspirin.

Most cases last only a few minutes. The condition often goes away without treatment. If you have hearing loss or if you are older than 50, tinnitus is more likely to stay or get worse over time. There are some treatments that can help if it lasts a long time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.