July 26, 2019
Tinnitus is the phenomenon by which you can hear sound in your ears, but there is no external source for that audio.
It can be caused by several different hearing problems,including:
· Loud noise exposure.
· Inner ear damage.
· Hearing pathway problems.
· Complications of hearing loss.
· Meniere's disease (a usually one-sided inner ear disorder).
You may experience tinnitus along with other hearing problems like hearing loss, and with related inner ear conditions like vertigo and dizzy spells.
Because tinnitus is a very individual condition, it's important to diagnose the condition accurately, using specialist hearing tests to identify ringing, buzzing, hissing or humming noises in your ears.
Diagnosing tinnitus is just the first step towards more effective tinnitus management, and there are several good reasons why you should get your tinnitus checked.
Firstly, in some cases the noises in your ears might be caused by a curable condition such as foreign objects deposited in the ear canal, wax build-up and so on.
By treating the underlying cause of your apparent tinnitus,it may be possible to relieve or even eliminate the symptoms.
Even if this cannot be done, good tinnitus management can make your life much more comfortable, reducing how noticeable the sounds are so you can distinguish 'real' sounds more clearly and sleep more peacefully at night.
Finally, diagnosis and treatment help to prevent the condition from worsening, so that you can preserve the good part of your hearing for as long as possible.
Not many people know that hearing aids and tinnitus management go hand in hand, as the same in-ear hearing aids can also help to combat how noticeable your tinnitus is.
This is achieved by developing a personalised audio stimulus that counteracts the effects of the tinnitus, or introducing a more pleasant low-level noise to mask it.
Some people opt for white noise while others prefer something more specific, such as music or bird song that masks the whistling or humming they would otherwise hear.
We work with you on broad sound therapy techniques to make your tinnitus more manageable, including relaxation and deep breathing methods to relieve stress, which can in turn relieve tinnitus symptoms.
Ultimately tinnitus is a very personal condition and treating it requires very personal therapy too, which is why we always conduct a thorough examination and hearing test first, to make sure we recommend the best solutions for your specific symptoms.