Selected Disorders of the Ear, Nose, and Throat

  • R. Whit CurryJr.
  • Karen L. Hall


Tinnitus is the sensation of sound that does not originate from stimulation of the hearing apparatus by external sound. Described as an audible noise—which may be clicking, humming, ringing, or buzzing tinnitus is accompanied by varying levels of distress from annoyance to severe anxiety. Rarely is tinnitus associated with a fatal malady, but the condition may lead to difficulty concentrating, insomnia, feelings of helplessness, and depression. Some patients have voiced thoughts of suicide. Epidemiologic estimates of chronic tinnitus in the population stand around 1%, and as many as 50% of the population may have suffered tinnitus at one time or another.


Hearing Loss Salivary Gland Foreign Body Vocal Cord Tympanic Membrane 
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  • R. Whit CurryJr.
  • Karen L. Hall

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