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What does tinnitus sound like?

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Although it's called ringing, the noise can be lots of things, from a buzz or roar to a hiss, click, or even a pulse like your heartbeat. You might hear the noise in one ear or both ears. You might hear it all the time or it might come and go.

From: Tinnitus: What’s That Noise? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Tinnitus."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Tinnitus."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Tinnitus."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) (Beyond the Basics)."

Mayo Clinic: "Tinnitus: Symptoms and causes," "Tinnitus: Diagnosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tinnitus and Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

SOURCES:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: "Tinnitus."

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders: "Tinnitus."

FamilyDoctor.org: "Tinnitus."

American Tinnitus Association: "Causes."

UpToDate: "Patient education: Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) (Beyond the Basics)."

Mayo Clinic: "Tinnitus: Symptoms and causes," "Tinnitus: Diagnosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Cerumen Impaction."

American Migraine Foundation: "Tinnitus and Headache."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on December 13, 2017

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