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    Tinnitus

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    It is possible that the main title of the report Tinnitus is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.

    Synonyms

    • Subjective Tinnitus

    Disorder Subdivisions

    • None

    General Discussion

    Tinnitus is a common condition characterized by the sensation of sound for which there is no external source outside the individual. In other words, people with Tinnitus perceive sound when no environmental or external sounds are present. These sounds have been described as clicking, buzzing, and/or ringing. Tinnitus commonly occurs as a side effect of certain drugs and because of other underlying disorders (secondary), especially those of the middle and inner ear (i.e., cochlea). In rare cases, no underlying cause can be found and the condition is termed "idiopathic" Tinnitus. Infection, obstruction of blood vessels near the ear, and/or environmental factors have also been implicated as a cause of Tinnitus.

    Resources

    Vestibular Disorders Association
    5018 NE 15th Ave
    Portland, OR 97211
    USA
    Tel: (503)229-7705
    Fax: (503)229-8064
    Tel: (800)837-8428
    Email: veda@vestibular.org
    Internet: http://www.vestibular.org

    American Tinnitus Association
    522 S.W. Fifth Avenue Suite 825
    Portland, OR 97207
    United States
    Tel: (503)248-9985
    Fax: (503)248-0024
    Tel: (800)634-8978
    Email: tinnitus@ata.org
    Internet: http://www.ata.org

    Better Hearing Institute
    1444 I Street NW
    Suite 700
    Washington, DC 20005
    United States
    Tel: (202)449-1100
    Fax: (703)684-6048
    Tel: (800)327-9355
    Email: mail@betterhearing.org
    Internet: http://www.betterhearing.org

    American Hearing Research Foundation
    8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 1205
    Chicago, IL 60603-4539
    USA
    Tel: (312)726-9670
    Fax: (312)726-9695
    Email: sparmet@american-hearing.org
    Internet: http://www.american-hearing.org/

    NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
    31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
    Communication Avenue
    Bethesda, MD 20892-3456
    Tel: (301)402-0900
    Fax: (301)907-8830
    Tel: (800)241-1044
    TDD: (800)241-1105
    Email: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov
    Internet: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

    Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
    PO Box 8126
    Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
    Tel: (301)251-4925
    Fax: (301)251-4911
    Tel: (888)205-2311
    TDD: (888)205-3223
    Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/

    American Academy of Audiology
    11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300
    Reston, VA 20190
    Tel: (703)790-8466
    Fax: (703)790-8631
    Tel: (800)222-2336
    Email: infoaud@audiology.org
    Internet: http://www.audiology.org

    Cogan's Contact Network
    PO Box 145
    Freehold, NJ 07728-0145
    USA
    Tel: (732)409-1031
    Internet: http://www.coganssyndrome.info/

    Hearing Loss Association of America
    7910 Woodmont Avenue
    Suite 1200
    Bethesda, MD 20814
    Tel: (301)657-2248
    Fax: (301)913-9413
    Email: info@hearingloss.org
    Internet: http://www.hearingloss.org

    For a Complete Report:

    This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to www.rarediseases.org and click on Rare Disease Database under "Rare Disease Information".

    The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

    It is possible that the title of this topic is not the name you selected. Please check the Synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and Disorder Subdivision(s) covered by this report

    This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

    For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

    Last Updated: 4/16/2008
    Copyright 1986, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 2006 National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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    Last Updated: May 28, 2015
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