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Types of tinnitus

If you think you have tinnitus, it is important to know what the type is. There are a few different kinds relating to the underlying cause, which affects how it can be treated. Read on to see our full guide on the different types of tinnitus.
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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when there is no external sound source. The most common sounds heard include ringing, buzzing or hissing. It can occur in one ear, two ears, or fluctuates between the two and it is usually not something that someone else can hear. It can be either temporary or permanent.

There are no known cures for tinnitus, but in some cases it may go away completely if it is just a side effect of another health condition. So if you treat and cure the other health issue, the tinnitus may also stop. Otherwise, the only treatments for tinnitus are meant to help you manage the symptoms so it doesn't affect you as much.

Different Tinnitus Sounds

Not everyone who has tinnitus hears the same kind of sound. Here are some of the more common examples of the types of tinnitus sounds you may hear:
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  • Ringing (high or low pitch)
  • Hissing
  • Buzzing
  • Whistling
  • Roaring
  • Humming
  • Pulsing
Tinnitus Evaluation


Tinnitus is a hearing condition that can come in several different forms. There are different sounds you may hear, but also different types, variation and subtypes for how you hear them. It can change in pitch and volume, but also in rhythm or even in a melody.

The nature of the sound you hear with tinnitus can often be a good indication for the type of tinnitus you have. This in turn can help determine the underlying cause and best treatment methods for your tinnitus.

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Tinnitus Symptoms

The important thing is seeking help as soon as you notice the symptoms. The earlier you can have an underlying cause treated, the less likely it will wind up a permanent issue. Here are all of the signs and symptoms of tinnitus you should know.
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Tinnitus Treatment

Tinnitus is a hearing disorder that may not seem like a major health issue, but it does have an impact on your life. Depending on the type or cause of tinnitus you have, there are different treatments available to help your needs.

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