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There are lots of things you can do to help with tinnitus. It’s unlikely to be completely cured. But there are measures that can reduce its impact on you. See our treatment and self-help sections for some suggestions.
Sometimes tinnitus is temporary, particularly after being exposed to very loud noise for a short time. If you develop it long term, you’re unlikely to get rid of it completely. But many people find that they notice it less as time goes on. See our self-help section for suggestions of how to manage it.
Tinnitus is a sound that you hear that doesn’t come from an outside source. It varies in how it sounds so people describe it in very different ways. You may have it in one or both ears. There are sometimes other symptoms such as dizziness. See our section on symptoms for more information.
Whether or not you can get rid of tinnitus completely depends on the cause. So it’s worth seeing your GP. Often people find they become used to it so that it doesn’t bother them so much. Doctors call this habituation. There are treatments that can help. See our treatment and self-help sections for more information.
Tinnitus can be a buzzing, hissing, humming, roaring or whistling sound. Sometimes it’s a pulse or clicking – this may be objective tinnitus, which means your doctor can also hear it. See our section on symptoms for more information.
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