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Link Between Tinnitus and Visual Snow PDF Print E-mail

The majority of those who suffer from visual snow, also have tinnitus.

Tinnitus is a ringing, whooshing, persistant noise that seems to come from the ear or head. Nearly 36 million Americans suffer from this disorder. Tinnitus is much more common than visual snow, but the two seem to be closely linked. Tinnitus is hearing what others can not, while visual snow is seeing what others can not.

Tinnitus can come from any of the four sections of the ear: the outer ear, the middle ear, the inner ear, and the brain. While some tinnitus is normal it should not disrupt you or be apparant in situations where there is noise. When you can hear it all the time, you level of tinnitus is elevated.

A common cause of tinnitus is damage to the microscopic endings of the hearing nerve in the inner ear.

Currently, like visual snow, there is no treatment for tinnitus. Research is being conducted to try and find a cure.