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Is tinnitus an ear disorder?

Tinnitus is an ear disorder. It involves a ringing, buzzing, or other noise inside the ear that is not coming from the external environment. Tinnitus is not a disease, but it can be a symptom of a number of other diseases. Tinnitus causes include ear injuries, ear infections, damage to the inner ear, exposure to loud noises, high blood pressure, certain medications, tumors, or diseases. Doctors may order a hearing test or other screening tests, including magnetic resonance imaging, to determine the cause of tinnitus. Even if a cause cannot be determined, doctors may recommend hearing aid devices or background noise to mask the ringing sound. Certain medications may also provide some relief.

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