Tinnitus is the name for hearing noises that are not caused by an outside source.
The main symptom of tinnitus is hearing a noise, such as ringing or buzzing, that is not caused by an outside source.
Trying to stay relaxed and distracting yourself from the sounds you hear can help with tinnitus. Talking therapies may help if this does not work.
It's not always clear what causes tinnitus. It's often linked with hearing loss, other conditions like Ménière's disease, anxiety or depression.
Page last reviewed: 29/03/2018
Next review due: 29/03/2021