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 (VEDA)
P.O. Box 13305
Portland, OR 97213
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
P.O. Box 5
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
515 King Street, Suite 420
Suite 420
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States
Tel: (703)684-3391
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 814
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 (Balance)
National Temporal Bone, Hearing
and Balance Pathology Resource Registry
Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
243 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02114-3096
Fax: (617)573-3838
Tel: (800)822-1327
TDD: (888)561-3277
Email: TBRegistry@meei.harvard.edu
Internet: http://www.tbregistry.org

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

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
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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: (574)258-0804
Fax: (732)761-9809
TDD: (732)761-9809
Email: uscogans@juno.com
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

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