Provide reassurance but watch out for serious underlying causes.
Tinnitus (from the Latin for ringing) is a common ear complaint which can affect people of all ages.
At least 15 per cent of the UK population experience it at some stage, and for a few patients it can lead to a significant and permanent impairment of their subjective well-being.
Tinnitus is defined as perceived noise in one or both ears in the absence of an external stimulus. Patients describe whistling, hissing, humming or clicking noises, or a mixture of sounds.
We all have a degree of noise in our ears, probably caused by baseline electrical activity and natural blood flow within …