Any noise subjectively heard by the patient is know as tinnitus. Tinnitus is a symptom like pain. Have you had a diagnosis for your symptoms? It's never "just" tinnitus.
Tinnitus can affect both ears (bilateral tinnitus) or just one ear (unilateral tinnitus). It can be subjective tinnitus (only heard by the patient) or objective tinnitus (heard by the patient and the examiner).
Tinnitus can also be related to the blood supply in and around the ears. This is known as pulsatile tinnitus and needs urgent investigation as there may be an underlying vascular abnormality. Only the right type of scans can reveal these.
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