What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is used to describe ‘hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source.’ It affects around 30% of the population at some point in their life.
It can be heard in different ways by different people, but examples include ringing, buzzing, humming, hissing and whistling. Sometime that tinnitus may beat with your pulse, or may sound more like music.
Some people are born with tinnitus and some people develop it suddenly or gradually. It’s often not understood why it occurs but can be seen alongside a hearing loss. Around one in every three people with tinnitus doesn’t have any obvious problem with their ears or hearing. Tinnitus creates an emotional response by ourselves and so if we worry about it, it can make the tinnitus sound louder.
How can we help?
First, we will check your ear health to look for any immediate cause for the tinnitus. As tinnitus often goes alongside hearing loss if there is a hearing loss, a hearing aid will help other environmental sounds to be more audible and so this will mean your brain is less drawn to your tinnitus.
Tinnitus support can be provided through discussion and advice. Tinnitus is very common and you are not alone. Often people find that tinnitus is decreased when they are busy on something else, so it is good to use environmental sounds to keep your brain busy. There are lots of great apps that can be useful and simple sound enrichment devices; many of the modern hearing aids have their own selection of noise to help your brain ignore your tinnitus.
Taking time to relax and unwind and to take care of yourself will also help in tinnitus management, as will good sleep practices. There are some products we can recommend that may help you.
We will empower you to take control of your tinnitus and devise a bespoke plan for your tinnitus management.