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Ringing in the Ears

Ringing in the ears and tinnitus are terms used to describe the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing clicking, or hissing that seems to come from inside the ear or head rather than from an outside sound source.

Ringing in the ears and tinnitus are terms used to describe the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing clicking, or hissing that seems to come from inside the ear or head rather than from an outside sound source. Severe tinnitus may cause difficulty hearing, concentrating and sleeping.  Exposure to noise may exacerbate or bring on symptoms in some cases.  Additionally an audiologist may be helpful in determining how to implement tinnitus management strategies at work, or may be able to fit affected individuals with tinnitus masking equipment. If an individual is using any wearable assistive device fitted by an audiologist and needs to reduce noise exposure due to tinnitus, input from an audiologist may be helpful and in some cases necessary to determine what type of hearing/noise protection would be appropriate.

Solutions:

Noise canceling headsets and headphones designed for listening tasks use a combination of passive soundproofing and type of technology called active noise control to reduce exposure to unwanted background noise and improve the signal to noise ration when listening to music or another sound source through the headset.  Headphones and headsets of this type usually have a small battery door built into one of the ear cups. When purchasing a noise canceling headset, be sure that you are purchasing the correct type for the task at hand.  Some headsets that are advertised as having noise canceling microphones are intended for speaking rather than listening tasks.  These only have noise cancellation in the microphone portion of the headset and do not have a battery on the ear cup.