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Here is a quick mnemonic “TINNITUS IN EAR to remember about Tinnitus

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, MBBS, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT, MCAT & NCLEX exams

Tinnitus : How To Remember Easily ?

  • T – Tinnitus is the perception of a sound when there is no sound in the environment.
  • I – It can have a buzzing, roaring, or ringing quality.
  • N – No sound in the environment can be detected, yet tinnitus is present.
  • N – Not well understood is the pathophysiology of tinnitus.
  • I – In the presence of tinnitus, finding the cause of associated hearing loss is important.
  • T – Tinnitus may be the first symptom of a serious condition such as a vestibular schwannoma.
  • U – Understanding the vascular system of the head is crucial in evaluating pulsatile tinnitus.
  • S – Superior semicircular dehiscence and inner-ear dehiscence can also cause tinnitus.
  • I – Inner-ear dehiscence can be associated with tinnitus.
  • N – Notably, tinnitus is commonly associated with abnormality of the jugular bulb.
  • E – Evaluation of the vascular system is necessary to exclude vascular tumors causing tinnitus.
  • A – A large jugular bulb or jugular bulb diverticulum can contribute to tinnitus.
  • R – Regarding pulsatile tinnitus, MRA/MRV or CT angiography can help demonstrate pathology.


Dr. Arin Nandi

Passionate About Medical Science & Helping Future Doctors Achieve Top Ranks In Medical Exams. He is professionally a dentist as well as a public health expert from JIPMER (1), (2)working in health department