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Tinnitus

Read this page if your child has ringing in her ears, or if the doctor says she may have tinnitus.

What tinnitus is
Tinnitus (tin-it-us) is a ringing in the ears. The noise can be hissing, roaring, or ringing. The sound can be very loud and annoying.

Children with tinnitus may hear the sounds all the time or only sometimes. Tinnitus can be in one or both ears.

Signs of tinnitus
Your child may feel:

Tinnitus is usually related to hearing loss.

Types of tinnitus
There are two types:

The degree of your child's tinnitus can be mild to severe.

Causes of tinnitus
Tinnitus can have different causes. Your doctor will do tests to see what is causing your child's tinnitus:

Hearing loss. People with different kinds of hearing loss also have tinnitus:

  • Problems in the outer ear, like too much ear wax.
  • Problems in the middle ear, like an infection or otosclerosis.
  • Problems in the inner ear, like hearing loss.
  • Problems caused by loud noise.
  • Problems with getting older.

  • Medicine.


    Health problems. Other health problems can cause tinnitus:


    How you can help your child


    Get help.


    Find treatments that work. The treatment your child gets depends on what is causing the tinnitus. Talk with your doctor about choices:


    Help your child feel better. Help your child these ways:


    Learn more about tinnitus.
    Find out more about tinnitus from the American Tinnitus Association.

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