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Tinnitus is a common condition in which sounds are perceived in the ears or head, constantly or in episodes, and this can be extremely frustrating and stressful. Those living with tinnitus are more likely to experience other forms of hearing loss, as well as conditions such as anxiety and depression, so it is very important to seek help if you think you may be experiencing this problem.
Tinnitus is often misunderstood, and learning more about the condition can help people to cope with it. Here at Hidden Hearing, we work with many people with hearing loss conditions, including tinnitus, and we can talk with you about the different ways it can be managed. Read on for more interesting facts about tinnitus.
Tinnitus: The Facts
- Statistics estimate that almost 15% of people experience some form of tinnitus, ranging from mild to severe and debilitating cases.
- ‘Tinnitus’ comes from the latin word for ringing, and can occur in one or both ears, or inside the head.
- Tinnitus may be subjective, which means that only the sufferer can hear the sounds in the ears or head, or objective, where the noises produced by movement and blood flow in the body, are also audible to others. Subjective tinnitus is much more common, with less than 1% of cases being diagnosed as objective tinnitus.
- Many cases of tinnitus are caused by loud noise exposure, which can also cause hearing loss. Those who are exposed to loud noises on a regular basis, such as construction workers and musicians, are at much higher risk of developing hearing loss, including tinnitus.
- Tinnitus may also be caused by problems in the jaw and neck, including tumours, complications in the heart and blood vessels, and allergies.
- Tinnitus can be cause by prescription medications, including aspirin, and this is more likely if you have a family history of hearing loss caused by medicines.
There is no comprehensive treatment for tinnitus, but the following can be very successful methods of managing the condition:
- Hearing aids. Some hearing aids are particularly effective at reducing the noises associated with tinnitus, and this is the most popular treatment for the condition, especially since most people with tinnitus have another form of hearing loss.
- Therapy. There are many different types of therapy which have varying degrees of success with tinnitus, and the most popular are CBT, sound enrichment therapy and Tinnitus Retraining therapy. All of these therapies are focused on changing the perception of the tinnitus noises, as well as the way in which the sufferer responds to them.
- Mindfulness. Mindfulness and meditation are often recommended to help tinnitus sufferers to train the mind away from the the noises and to lower stress and anxiety levels. This is highly recommended to protect against several stress-related conditions, and these are very useful skills to learn in all walks of life.
Seek Help For Hearing Loss And Tinnitus At Hidden Hearing In Ireland
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