what exactly is Tinnitus and is there a way to get rid of it?

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what exactly is Tinnitus and is there a way to get rid of it?

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It’s an infernal ringing in the ears, and there is currently no cure. A friend uses outside noise to distract him enough to sleep.

Tinnitus is when you hear a sound when there is no external source of sound around. This sound can be one of many things. It can be ringing, hissing, or sometimes maybe even just white noise (sound similar to a fan or a waterfall). However, tinnitus is a symptom, which means you don’t treat it directly. You treat whatever it is that caused it. If it was caused by hearing loss for example then it’s not curable. If it was caused by some other curable cause, then curing that will get rid of the tinnitus. I hope this helped.

Edit: spelling

I wear a hearing aid during the day to combat it, and the sound of my clock, and sleeping with the window open at night means I can sleep.

[British Tinnitus](https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/all-about-tinnitus) provides more information

I found this remedy on Reddit somewhere. It sounds silly, but it seems to work for me.
Place your hands behind your head with the tips of your middle fingers touching with your hands over your ears. Your index fingers should be resting at the base of your skull. Place your index fingers on top of your middle fingers and snap them down on the base of your skull and alternately drum several times. Somehow this disrupts the nerves and it has always worked for me.

I’ve seen this treatment for it. I have no idea how effective it is but it’s worth a shot
http://www.rightthisminute.com/video/rtmtv-people-tinnitus-try-snapping-technique