Scientists Say: Tinnitus
Tinnitus (noun, “TIN-ih-tuss”)
This is a condition in which people hear a persistent sound that isn’t there. It might be a ringing noise, a hiss or clicking. Whether it is soft, loud, high or low varies from person to person. Tinnitus can last just a few minutes or a few hours. Some people experience it for years. And it’s not just annoying. Tinnitus can be a sign of hearing loss.
In a sentence
Listen to too-loud music long enough, and you might end up with hearing loss and tinnitus.
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persistent An adjective for something that is long-lasting.
tinnitus An uncontrolled and non-stop ringing or buzzing in the ears, usually triggered by tissue damage from exposure to loud noise. It can be short-lived, lasting hours or a day. In some instances, however, people may experience it for years or decades.