Migraine Term of the Day: Tinnitus

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Writer's note: Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I'll be posting a "term of the day," on a regular basis. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment below.

When we're given migraine and headache information, whether from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn't quite convey the same meaning.

Tinnitus is one of those terms. Tinnitus is the sensation of noise such as a ringing or roaring in the ears. Tinnitus can be a Migraine symptom, particularly basilar-type Migraine, and idiopathic intracranial hypertension (pseudotumor cerebri).

You can read more about tinnitus in Migraine and IIH in:

For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.

Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.