Tinnitus is an extremely frustrating and painful condition characterized by a ringing sound that is heard inside the ears or head. There can be many different causes of this condition, and it is often an aspect of hearing loss, but occasionally it can be a symptom of a more serious condition, and it is important to get it checked to rule this out.
People who experience tinnitus often describe it as sounding like:
- Insects buzzing
- Ringing in the ears
- Rushing or swishing, like water
- Pinging or popping
Tinnitus is often dismissed as a minor problem, but for those who live with it on a daily basis, it can be very upsetting, and even debilitating.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that tinnitus can sometimes be a result of a build up of ear wax within the ear, which can be easily remedied, and it can also be caused by ear infections and some prescription medicines. Sometimes tinnitus results from a condition of the inner ear known as Meniere’s Disease, and on rare occasions, it may be a symptom that requires further investigation.
When Is Tinnitus A Concern?
You should consult your doctor if you experience any of the following:
- Tinnitus in one or both ears that develops suddenly
- Tinnitus that changes, or is very loud in one ear
- Pulsatile tinnitus (where you experience a sound that has a steady rhythm)
- Tinnitus that occurs at the same time as changes in your hearing or your balance
- A change in your tinnitus that correlates with a change in medication
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
Sometimes, white noise and hearing aids are used as part of a therapy that aims to ‘distract’ the brain from the tinnitus by focusing on other sounds. There is no certain cure for tinnitus, but hearing aids often achieve a degree of success in the management of it.
The best way to approach tinnitus treatment is to discuss your case with a specialist audiologist. In extreme cases, tinnitus may also be characterized by a severe sensitivity to loud noises, and in these cases, sound therapy may help.
Try Digital Hearing Aids at Hidden Hearing
If you are concerned about your hearing, or you noticed a ringing in the ears that persists beyond a few seconds, you should consult your doctor or make an appointment for a free hearing test at Hidden Hearing. We have an expert team of audiologists who will be happy to talk you through the process, and will work with you to find the best hearing solution for you and your lifestyle.
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