What Is the Definition of Tinnitus?

Q:
What is the definition of tinnitus?

A:
Ringing in the ears that does not alleviate or go away is what we call tinnitus.

You may hear a sound, such as a ringing or roaring, but nobody else hears. Besides, the noise can be intermittent or continuous, and can vary in volume.

Rather than a condition itself, tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition. Besides, although it may be annoying, it is usually not a sign of some serious disease.

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