Ringing in the ears, or tinnitus is a common symptom that is experienced by up to 80% of the population.
At some stage in our lives, we are likely to experience ringing in our ears when there is no apparent source of the sound. While for some of us this can be temporary because of a sudden extreme noise or when coming home from a loud concert, but for others, this buzzing or ringing in the ears can be persistent. This is when it becomes tinnitus. It is not a disease itself rather a reflection of something else going on in the hearing system or brain.
Tinnitus is commonly associated with hearing loss, so a full tinnitus assessment will include a comprehensive medical and audiology case history, as well as a full diagnostic hearing test, and a subjective review of the tinnitus itself.
Depending on the outcome of your assessment your audiologist may recommend you visit an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist to determine if there is any underlying ontological pathology that requires medical treatment.