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Tinnitus Explained?

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of a noise and is often described by our patients as a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound heard in the ears.

Common causes of Tinnitus

Approximately 1 in 6 people world wide experience tinnitus and although not a specific condition it is generally a symptom of an underlying condition such as hearing loss, noise exposure, excessive ear wax, head/ear trauma, stress, diet, medical condition or a side effect of medication.

Is there a cure?

Unfortunately there is no scientifically proven cure for Tinnitus but there are many strategies that can be implemented to reduce its effects. Firstly it is important to seek advice from a hearing care professional or doctor to assist with determining the cause of the Tinnitus. Once determined the correct management strategy can be implemented.

What can i do?

For many people, there are some small adjustments that can be implemented to assist with reducing the overall effects of tinnitus.

Step 1. Avoid Irritants: such as loud noise, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine and stress.

Step 2. Sleep: ensure you are getting enough sleep, fatigue often aggravates the symptoms of tinnitus.

Step 3. Masking The Noise: distracting your brain from thinking about the tinnitus by use of a fan, soft music, white noise machines or hearing aids with a tinnitus program.

For more information about Tinnitus or to book a consult with one of our hearing care professionals, call (08) 8683 1415.

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