tinnitus

noun
tin·​ni·​tus | \ ˈti-nə-təs How to pronounce tinnitus (audio) , tə-ˈnī-təs\

Definition of tinnitus

: a sensation of noise (such as a ringing or roaring) that is typically caused by a bodily condition (such as a disturbance of the auditory nerve or wax in the ear) and usually is of the subjective form which can only be heard by the one affected

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Recent Examples on the Web Hall lost a leg during the April 2007 incident and has since suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, migraines, tinnitus and hearing loss. Peter Marteka, courant.com, "‘It’s the biggest gift I’ve ever gotten:’ Iraq War veteran who lost leg and suffered significant trauma will come home to a heroes house in Glastonbury," 11 Nov. 2019 The other officer, who has been with the NYPD for seven months, was treated for tinnitus at a local hospital and released. Evan Simko-bednarski And Rob Frehse, CNN, "An NYPD officer is out of a coma after getting hit in the head during a deadly confrontation at Brooklyn nail salon," 28 Oct. 2019 Hear Peace Custom & Electronic Ear Protection $65 & $799, Lainie Ortman, 216-559-4444; hear.peacetexas@gmail.com Things that go bang can wreak havoc on one’s hearing, leading to tinnitus and hearing loss. John Goodspeed, ExpressNews.com, "Scouting interesting stuff to make hunts more fun," 12 Sep. 2019 At night, Hawkins listens to talk-radio on his headphones to try to offset the tinnitus noise in his head and go to sleep, after washing his nerve medicine down with a beer. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Swampers drum legend’s hot beats and cold winter," 7 Aug. 2019 Scientists aren’t exactly sure how to explain tinnitus. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 Sound therapy can help with objective and subjective tinnitus. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Is Tinnitus?," 30 Jan. 2019 The substance can be used medically to treat tinnitus, dizziness and chest pain. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte," 24 July 2018 Meniere’s disease is an inner ear disorder that produces feelings of vertigo, as well as tinnitus (or ringing) and hearing loss. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "Huey Lewis Opens Up About Sudden Hearing Loss: 'I Haven't Come to Grips with the Fact That I May Never Sing Again'," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of tinnitus

1843, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tinnitus

Latin, ringing, tinnitus, from tinnire to ring, of imitative origin

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tinnitus

noun
How to pronounce tinnitus (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of tinnitus

medical : a condition that causes you to hear ringing or roaring sounds that only you can hear

tinnitus

noun
tin·​ni·​tus | \ ˈtin-ət-əs How to pronounce tinnitus (audio) , ti-ˈnīt-əs How to pronounce tinnitus (audio) \

Medical Definition of tinnitus

: a sensation of noise (as a ringing or roaring) that is typically caused by a bodily condition (as a disturbance of the auditory nerve or wax in the ear) and usually is of the subjective form which can only be heard by the one affected

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