Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the human ear. It is very common (and very irritating!) and one in five people between 55 and 65 years old report tinnitus.
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes that can include: ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, and nose allergies that prevent fluid drainage and cause wax build-up or even degeneration of the neck and spinal column.
Tinnitus can also be caused by natural hearing impairment (as in aging), as a side effect of some medications, and as a side effect of genetic (congenital) hearing loss. However, the most common cause for tinnitus is from noise, causing a noise-induced hearing loss.
Most people with tinnitus have a hearing loss.