It is common to experience an occasional ringing in your ears. But ringing in the ears that does not get better or go away is an ear condition called tinnitus. You may hear a sound, such as a ringing or roaring, that nobody else can hear. The sound may keep time with your heartbeat, it may keep pace with your breathing, it may be constant, or it may come and go. The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss that occurs with aging, but it can also be caused by living or working around loud noises. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how tinnitus develops, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Why You Have Tinnitus
There are many reasons you might have tinnitus. Medicines, infections, or loud noises might be some of the causes for the ringing in your ears.
Learn more from WebMD about the diagnosis and treatment of tinnitus.
Do I Have Tinnitus?
Are your ears ringing? Here's a look at tinnitus symptoms and how to tell if you might have it.
How to Talk With Your Doctor About Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a condition where you hear buzzing, ringing, or other noise that is not perceived by others. Its exact cause is unknown. WebMD helps you ask your doctor the right questions if you suffer from it.
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The Ear (Human Anatomy): Picture, Function, Definition, Conditions, and More
WebMD's Ear Anatomy Page provides a detailed image and definition of the ear as well as an overview of ear-related health problems. Learn about the ear's function in the body and test and treatments that may affect the ear.