Just what is Tinnitus? Speaking very simply, Tinnitus is a medical condition that exists when you “hear” something when there is nothing, in reality, “out there” to be heard. There are millions and millions of people who suffer from this condition, some of them who do not even realize that they have a medical problem with their ears. All they know is, they hear sounds all the time . . . What Are Some of the Most Common Reasons for Tinnitus? One of the most difficult aspects of dealing with Tinnitus is that there can be a number of reasons why this medical condition has developed. Some of the most common causes are — Ear infections Objects stuck in the ear An accumulation of ear wax in the ear canal Nasal allergies Over-use of headphones or ear buds Working or living in a noisy environment As a side effect of certain medications Congenital hearing loss Neurological damage What Should I do If I Think I May Have Tinnitus? If you have persistent “ringing” or other sounds in your ears, you may be suffering from Tinnitus. The first thing that you should do is to get your ears checked by a reputable physician. Talk to your primary care doctor right away. If they think it is warranted, they will refer you to a specialist who can do further examinations, and even set you up to get your hearing tested if that seems to be needed. These initial examinations and tests are needed, in part, to eliminate other possible causes of your condition. Telltale signs of Tinnitus include: a ringing noise in the ears, a buzzing, clicking, humming, tingly or whistling sound. All sorts of comparisons have been made — some patients report that the sounds are like roaring waters, an electric buzzer, crickets. Some even report “hearing” what sounds like real human voices, blowing wind or even ocean waves! People suffering with Tinnitus also differ in how often, and how intense, these “sounds” are. Some people only have these sounds in their ears some of the time (especially after being in a noisy environment, such as a restaurant, or after listening to loud music (such as during a rock concert). Here’s the big takeaway: If you suffer from Tinnitus, realize that you are not alone, that your condition is in fact very common, and that you CAN find help and relief. You can take the first steps TODAY to get that help and relief, but only you can let your doctor know that you have a problem.