Tinnitus is a disorder that causes individuals to hear a ringing or high-pitched noise in their ears. Causes of tinnitus include exposure to loud noises, medications, and head trauma. Both children and adults can develop tinnitus and require medical treatment.

Some individuals will experience a constant ringing, which can be challenging and, in severe cases, debilitating. Tinnitus is a major health concern for military personnel due to high intensity noise exposures produced by aircraft, ships, weapon systems, and enemy explosive devices. In 2010, The Veterans Administration reported health care costs associated with tinnitus at a staggering $1 million.

Although there is no immediate cure for tinnitus, there are ways to mask the ringing and relieve the sufferer. 


"The Ringing in Your Ear (Tinnitus) is Really in Your Brain"

Presented by Dr. Richard Salvi at the Third Annual Neuroscience Research Day hosted by the Buffalo Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the University of Buffalo, Neuroscience Program, September 26, 2009.


"Study Shows Relief for Tinnitus, Debilitating Ringing in Ears" The Oregonian, July 16th, 2015

"Involuntary Volume" Hearing Health (a publication of the Hearing Health Foundation), Winter 2013

"New Theories Fight Phantom Noises of TinnitusThe New York Times, April 1st, 2008

"Buzz Kill: Scientists Aim to Stop Ringing in Ears" ABC News, April 7th, 2008 Featuring Dr. Richard Salvi

"CD So Bad You Don't Ever Want to Hear It" Chicago Tribune, August 19th, 2006

"A Sound of Hope for Tinnitus Victims" Daily Mail

Tinnitus Links

If you would like to suggest an additional resource, please e-mail Carol Altman: caltman@buffalo.edu