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Tinnitus is a condition characterized as ringing in the ear.

Overview of Tinnitus

Ringing in the ears is referred to as tinnitus. There are several qualities of tinnitus that aid the physician in making a diagnosis and suggesting a form of treatment. Generally, tinnitus can be categorized as pulsatile or nonpulsatile. Pulsatile tinnitus is heard synchronously with each heartbeat. This form of tinnitus heightens a suspicion of a vascular etiology, meaning that the blood vessels around the inner ear may be causing the problem. Nonpulsatile tinnitus can occur for other reasons.