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Tinnitus is defined as hearing or perceiving a sound, often described as a buzzing, ringing or hissing inside the ears. It can be a very frustrating condition to live with, and in extreme cases, it can influence concentration and hearing.
People who experience tinnitus usually have some form of hearing loss as well, and a connection has been found between the nature of the hearing loss and the way in which a patient experiences tinnitus. Interestingly, studies have revealed that those who have age or noise related hearing loss tend to hear a constant high pitched noise, while those who have lost hearing due to conditions such as Meniere’s disease are more likely to experience a varied sound or low hum.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is often linked to the same causal factors as hearing loss, which may explain why such a high percentage of sufferers also report hearing loss of some kind. The most common cause of tinnitus is exposure to loud noises, including working in an environment such as a construction site or music venue that is very loud.
Head injuries and illness can also cause tinnitus, as well as some types of tumours, so it is vital to consult your doctor when you begin experiencing symptoms in order to rule out any underlying serious problems.
How Does Tinnitus Affect You?
Here at Hidden Hearing, we know that tinnitus is very difficult to live with, and we’re glad to be able to help so many of our customers with this problem using digital hearing aids. If you’re experiencing tinnitus, you may also have:
- Problems getting to sleep at night, or night waking
- Other hearing loss
- Pain when hearing high frequency sounds (hyperacusis).
Can Tinnitus Be Cured?
There is not a definitive cure for tinnitus, but it is possible to obtain relief from the condition. Relaxation techniques can be very helpful in learning to live with this problem, and some therapies such as white noise therapy, have proved popular with some sufferers. However, using digital hearing aids in one or both ears is also a common treatment for tinnitus, and this can be effective in relieving the symptoms.
It is important to consult an experienced audiologist if you begin to experience tinnitus, as you can have a free hearing test and begin to establish the extent of your hearing loss or impairment. An audiologist will talk to you about the way in which you experience the condition, and will help you to explore treatment options that may work for you.
Preventative measures, such as wearing ear protection when you are exposed to loud noises, can be very helpful in preserving your hearing and preventing conditions such as tinnitus from developing.
Try Digital Hearing Aids at Hidden Hearing
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over seventy-five branches and clinics. You can visit us for a free hearing test and discuss tinnitus, or any other hearing loss, with our audiologists.
Contact Hidden Hearing today by calling 1800 882 884 to book your free hearing test, or find your local branch here.