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Tinnitus is an ear disorder where sufferers hear unpleasant sounds (whistling, buzzing, etc.) that are not present in the surrounding environment.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound (ringing in the ears) that can only be heard by the sufferer. It is not a disease but rather a health issue that affects approximately 15% of adults. The duration, intensity and frequency of noises vary from person to person. There are two types of tinnitus - subjective and objective. Subjective tinnitus, although more common, remains difficult to explain. Objective tinnitus can be the result of a circulation problem in the neck, uncontrollable muscle contractions or an ear defect. The noise from objective tinnitus can be so loud that another person can perceive an actual sound emanating from the affected person's ear!
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