what is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an auditory phenomenon that is commonly described as the perception of sound in the ear (e.g. ringing or buzzing). Tinnitus can vary in how it sounds and can be perceived as coming from one or both ears, or in the head. 

It is common to experience tinnitus temporarily following noise exposure (e.g. going to a concert) or briefly for a few moments from time to time. Medical follow-up is warranted when tinnitus is prolonged - we recommend speaking with your physician if you experience ongoing tinnitus. For bothersome tinnitus, there are treatment programs available that can help with managing the problem (see below).

what causes tinnitus?

The precise cause of tinnitus can be difficult to determine. Some potential causes include

hearing loss, noise exposure, ear infections/disorders, head injuries, and certain medications. It is believed that stress can make tinnitus more noticeable.

what are my treatment options?

When researching tinnitus, it is important to make sure that you are getting your information from a trustworthy source. Many websites take advantage of tinnitus sufferers by claiming to offer a cure in the form of a pill or medication of some variety. Be advised that, to date, there is no known cure for tinnitus.

Thankfully, there are management programs available that can provide relief to those with bothersome tinnitus that negatively impacts daily life by helping to make the tinnitus less noticeable.

Progressive Tinnitus Management

Progressive Tinnitus Management (PTM) is a structured, multi-level therapy for tinnitus that has been adopted by the Department of Veteran's Affairs in the United States. We offer PTM through the Centre for Advanced Hearing and Balance Testing at Toronto General Hospital as a cost-effective approach to tinnitus management.

The aim of PTM is to help patients self-manage their reactions to tinnitus. The program offers different levels of support according to the individual needs of the tinnitus sufferer.

We currently run sessions on Tuesday afternoons. For more information and to book a consultation, please call us or                            to request an appointment.



Where can i learn more?

For a good basic overview and links to helpful educational resources, please visit the Canadian Academy of Audiology (CAA) website: 


Tinnitus (CAA)



Tel: (416) 340-4800 ext.7067

Fax: 416-340-5149


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Toronto General Hospital

200 Elizabeth St.

Toronto, ON. M5G 2C4


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