Advice on tinnitus

There are some occasions where the source of a noise complaint is unknown and officer investigations cannot identify a source. It's possible that in some cases this may be linked to a condition called tinnitus.

The word tinnitus comes from the Latin word for 'ringing' and is the perception of sound when there isn't any external noise.

What does it sound like?

  • Noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears, in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location
  • The noise may be low, medium or high pitched
  • There may be a single noise or two or more components
  • The noise may be continuous or it may come and go

Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness and can affect all ages. The exact cause of tinnitus is still not fully understood. 

The noise may seem worse if anxious or stressed. When tinnitus starts, particularly if it's sudden, it may be frightening and concentration or sleep may be disturbed. 

Support groups are available to offer help and advice for those living with the condition.

If the noise seems louder at quiet times, particularly during the night, it may help to have soothing music or some other environmental or natural sound quietly on in the background.

If someone believes they are affected by tinnitus, it is advisable to see a doctor.

Last updated: ‎06‎/‎06‎/‎2023‎ ‎10‎:‎50‎