Tinnitus is not itself a disease but a symptom caused by ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear or even injury from loud noises. Tinnitus can also be a side effect of some medications such as aspirin. Tinnitus can affect one or both ears or appear in the head as a ringing noise, high pitched whining, buzzing, hissing or humming.
Temporary tinnitus can be a common symptom of a cold or flu or after exposure to loud noise such as at a music concert, or following a blow to the head. About 1 in 100 people experience serious problems with long-term tinnitus. Find official sites offering tinnitus information, advice and treatment details listed below.