What is it?
Tinnitus is a physical condition in the ears. Constant noises (ringing or buzzing) in a person’s head when no similar external physical noise is present. Some may refer to it as ringing in the ears or industrial deafness. Tinnitus is usually caused by a fault in the hearing system; it is a symptom, not a disease at all.
Some sounds a person with tinnitus may experience:
What causes it?
- Exposure to loud sounds – like concerts or the misuse of headphones
- Extreme stress or trauma
- Some medication
- Earwax blockage
- Age related hearing loss
Tinnitus is a symptom of a problem with a person’s auditory system.
It’s not just a nuisance, tinnitus has been linked to fatigue, stress, sleep problems, concentration difficulty, memory problems, depression, anxiety and irritability.
Good quality and properly fitted hearing aids can reduce your perception of tinnitus by improving your hearing and reducing the strain of listening.
If you experience tinnitus suddenly it is best to see your doctor or get a hearing test.
You can book a test for free with our experienced team at Total Hearing and Health.
You are not alone.
Do Many People Suffer From Tinnitus?
Yes, millions around the world are having this problem. Roughly 18% of Australians have tinnitus at some time of their lives. Countries with self-help groups include USA, UK, Germany, Canada, New Zealand and, of course, Australia. Severe tinnitus is recognised as a very major affliction, but most people have tinnitus to a milder degree. Given time, commitment and up-to-date professional help, tinnitus can reduce for many people. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for tinnitus but it can be managed with the help of technology and a few lifestyle changes.
Other helpful tips:
Avoid silence. Keeping your ears “busy” with background noise, such as the television or radio, can help your brain focus on those sounds instead of the ringing noise.
Try to stay relaxed. Tinnitus can be triggered by stress and tiredness, so relaxing activities like a massage or yoga can offer relief.
Check your meds. Some medications can cause or worsen tinnitus, so it’s essential to tell your family doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms. Take special care with medications for arthritis, anti-depressants, rheumatic diseases and some antibiotics.
Limit caffeine intake. Consuming caffeine can temporarily worsen tinnitus for some people.