The noise is sometimes described as:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Whistling
  • Humming
  • Music

Tinnitus is most noticeable during quiet times or when you are tired. Temporary tinnitus can be caused by a blow to the head, a cold or exposure to very loud noise such as a concert.

Sometimes tinnitus is caused by a buildup of wax in your ear. Your GP may prescribe ear drops or irrigation. 

If your tinnitus continues to bother you following diagnosis and conservative treatment you may benefit from treatment by one of our Consultant ENT specialists.

Your consultant will perform an thorough examination to confirm the diagnosis and determine if your tinnitus is related to another medical condition. Treatments for tinnitus may include:

  • Correcting any hearing loss
  • Sound therapy
  • Tinnitus counselling
  • Relaxation training
  • Medication to treat underlying medical conditions