Remember that song “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?” from the 1937 Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movie Shall We Dance?

You know… the one that plays on how accents and regional dialects can affect the pronunciations of words like “either,” “neither” and “tomato.” Still no idea? Check out the video here.

Funny thing, the pronunciation of “tinnitus” is just like that song. Depending upon where you’re from and even on your profession, you may say tinnitus differently than someone else.

The British and healthcare professional pronunciation tends to sound like “TIN-ni-tus.” Listen.

While the American and layperson pronunciation often sounds like “ti-night-tus” or “tin-NYE-tus.” Hear it here.

So which one is right?

Neither, either. Even the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) can’t decide. "Both pronunciations are correct,” they say. But, for the record, they use “ti-NIGHT-us."

Whichever pronunciation sounds right to you, the ringing, buzzing, whistling, whooshing in your ears probably doesn’t and we want to help.

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That sounds good with any accent.

Reference:

  1. April 2016 Survey. Clarion Brands Inc. Data on file.