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Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by sounds from the outside world. It is common and not usually a sign of anything serious.

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Common Symptoms

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Whooshing
  • Humming
  • Hissing
  • Throbbing
  • Music or singing

Treatment at home

  • Try to relax – deep breathing or yoga
  • Find ways to improve your sleep, such as sticking to a bedtime routine or cutting down on caffeine
  • Avoid things that can make tinnitus worse, such as stress or loud background noises
  • Try self-help books
  • join a support group

When should I book a GP?

  • you have tinnitus regularly or constantly
  • your tinnitus is getting worse
  • your tinnitus is bothering you – e.g., it’s affecting your sleep or concentration, or is making you feel anxious and depressed
  • you have tinnitus that beats in time with your pulse
  • you have a sudden onset of one sided tinnitus
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