Tinnitus is a condition characterized as ringing in the ear.


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.