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2. Temporary or a long-term health problem

Many individuals might experience temporary tinnitus. For example, if they spend some time in a very loud disco, they can come out with a ringing sound in their ears. This sound soon disappears, and so there is no need to seek any medical advice. Some estimate that as many as one out of ten people hear sounds in their ears over a prolonged period, but for many of them these sounds come or disappear completely after a while. The condition may cause no more than a minor irritation in these cases. In approximately one out of a hundred cases the persistence and intensity of the noise seriously diminish life quality.

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