What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is typically described as the perception of a sound when no external sound source is present. It is often described by our patients as a ringing, buzzing, clicking, hissing or pulsating sound heard in either one or both ears.
Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system and is classed as a symptom and not a disease in itself.
Common causes of Tinnitus
Approximately 1 in 6 people experience tinnitus and there are many different conditions than can cause the symptom.
Below is a list of some common causes of tinnitus:
- Hearing Loss
- Excessive noise exposure
- Side effect of Medication
- Excessive ear wax
- Ear Infection
- Otosclerosis (fixation of the stapes bone)
- Meniere’s Disease
Is there a cure?
Unfortunately there is no magic pill but if the underlying medical condition causing the tinnitus can be identified then it is often be treatable either reducing or correcting its overall effect. It is important to seek help from a qualified hearing professional who will take a detailed case history and preform a comprehensive hearing assessment to try determine the cause. Treatments may include therapy, medication, lifestyle alterations. Often if the tinnitus is caused as a result of a hearing loss then it can be managed with the use of hearing aids and tinnitus management programs regularly reducing or correcting its effects over time.
What can i do?
Step 1. Seek assistance from a qualified hearing professional.
Step 2. Avoid irritants such as loud noise, reduced alcohol and caffeine intake and reduce stress.
Step 3. Masking the noise: distracting the brain from concentrating on the tinnitus by use of soft music, white noise machine or hearing aids with tinnitus management program