Tinnitus (pronounced “tin-it-tus”) is an abnormal noise in the ear (note that it is not an “itis” — which means inflammation). Tinnitus is common — nearly 36 million Americans have constant tinnitus and more than half of the normal population has intermittent tinnitus.
Tinnitus can come and go, or be continuous. It can sound like a low roar, or a high pitched ring. Tinnitus may be in both ears or just in one ear. Seven million Americans are so severely affected that they cannot lead normal lives.
The most common types of tinnitus are ringing or hissing ringing, whistling (high pitched hissing) and roaring (low-pitched hissing). Some persons hear chirping, screeching, or even musical sounds.
Dizziness is more common than people think.
In fact, it is the second most common complaint that people bring to their doctors. Some estimates are that as many as 40 percent of all adults experience dizziness severe enough to warrant reporting it to their doctors. Fortunately, most causes of dizziness are detectable and treatable, especially with today’s computerized diagnostics, sophisticated medicines and advanced surgical techniques.