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Tinnitus

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Subjective Tinnitus

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

General Discussion

Tinnitus is a common condition characterized by the sensation of sound for which there is no external source outside the individual. In other words, people with Tinnitus perceive sound when no environmental or external sounds are present. These sounds have been described as clicking, buzzing, and/or ringing. Tinnitus commonly occurs as a side effect of certain drugs and because of other underlying disorders (secondary), especially those of the middle and inner ear (i.e., cochlea). In rare cases, no underlying cause can be found and the condition is termed "idiopathic" Tinnitus. Infection, obstruction of blood vessels near the ear, and/or environmental factors have also been implicated as a cause of Tinnitus.

Resources

Vestibular Disorders Association

PO Box 13305

Portland, OR 97208-4467

USA

Tel: (503)229-7705

Fax: (503)229-8064

Tel: (800)837-8428

Email: veda@vestibular.org

Internet: http://www.vestibular.org



American Tinnitus Association

522 S.W. Fifth Avenue Suite 825

Portland, OR 97207

United States

Tel: (503)248-9985

Fax: (503)248-0024

Tel: (800)634-8978

Email: tinnitus@ata.org

Internet: http://www.ata.org



Better Hearing Institute

1444 I Street NW

Suite 700

Washington, DC 20005

United States

Tel: (202)449-1100

Fax: (703)684-6048

Tel: (800)327-9355

Email: mail@betterhearing.org

Internet: http://www.betterhearing.org



American Hearing Research Foundation

8 South Michigan Avenue Suite 1205

Chicago, IL 60603-4539

USA

Tel: (312)726-9670

Fax: (312)726-9695

Email: sparmet@american-hearing.org

Internet: http://www.american-hearing.org/



NIH/National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

31 Center Drive, MSC 2320

Communication Avenue

Bethesda, MD 20892-3456

Tel: (301)402-0900

Fax: (301)907-8830

Tel: (800)241-1044

TDD: (800)241-1105

Email: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov

Internet: http://www.nidcd.nih.gov



Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center

PO Box 8126

Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126

Tel: (301)251-4925

Fax: (301)251-4911

Tel: (888)205-2311

TDD: (888)205-3223

Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/GARD/



American Academy of Audiology

11730 Plaza America Drive, Suite 300

Reston, VA 20190

Tel: (703)790-8466

Fax: (703)790-8631

Tel: (800)222-2336

Email: infoaud@audiology.org

Internet: http://www.audiology.org



Cogan's Contact Network

PO Box 145

Freehold, NJ 07728-0145

USA

Tel: (732)409-1031

Internet: http://www.coganssyndrome.info/



Hearing Loss Association of America

7910 Woodmont Avenue

Suite 1200

Bethesda, MD 20814

Tel: (301)657-2248

Fax: (301)913-9413

Email: info@hearingloss.org

Internet: http://www.hearingloss.org



For a Complete Report

This is an abstract of a report from the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). A copy of the complete report can be downloaded free from the NORD website for registered users. The complete report contains additional information including symptoms, causes, affected population, related disorders, standard and investigational therapies (if available), and references from medical literature. For a full-text version of this topic, go to MyD-H, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock patient portal. You must be a registered MyD-H user for the Lebanon, Manchester, or Nashua locations to access this site.

The information provided in this report is not intended for diagnostic purposes. It is provided for informational purposes only. NORD recommends that affected individuals seek the advice or counsel of their own personal physicians.

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This disease entry is based upon medical information available through the date at the end of the topic. Since NORD's resources are limited, it is not possible to keep every entry in the Rare Disease Database completely current and accurate. Please check with the agencies listed in the Resources section for the most current information about this disorder.

For additional information and assistance about rare disorders, please contact the National Organization for Rare Disorders at P.O. Box 1968, Danbury, CT 06813-1968; phone (203) 744-0100; web site www.rarediseases.org or email orphan@rarediseases.org

Last Updated:  4/16/2008

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