Tinnitus: 5 Common Misconceptions

Tinnitus is a form of hearing loss that can be particularly difficult to live with as it is so invasive into daily life. It is characterised by a ringing, buzzing or humming sound in the ears, and can be continuous or occur in episodes. This can be very frustrating and even debilitating and is often linked with another hearing loss condition.

So, what do you know about tinnitus? There are many misconceptions about tinnitus, and these can be harmful to those who live with the condition. Finding out more about what it is really like to live with tinnitus can help to develop an understanding and knowledge about it, as well as increasing awareness. 


What Is Tinnitus?

  • Misconception 1: Tinnitus is a disease.

Fact: Tinnitus is actually a symptom of another condition, such as hearing loss, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety or diabetes.

  • Misconception  2: There is no treatment for tinnitus.

Fact: There is no foolproof cure for tinnitus, but several different types of therapy can be helpful. It may be that physical changes, such as reducing blood pressure or correcting blood sugar imbalances, can help to relieve tinnitus, and other options such as sound therapy and meditation can be life-changing.

  • Misconception 3: Tinnitus is all in the mind.

Fact: Tinnitus is a very real condition that affects the inner ear and can be challenging to live with. It isn’t an imagined condition, and some audiologists are able to isolate the sounds you are hearing.

  • Misconception: 4 Tinnitus is a very difficult condition to treat.

Fact: Tinnitus can be caused by many different things, and some are very simple to treat. An earwax build up, for example, can cause tinnitus if the wax is impacted against the eardrum, and this is very easy to resolve with an earwax removal procedure. You can arrange a free earwax removal procedure at one of our clinics, so talk to your audiologist about this possibility.

  • Misconception 5: Hearing aids can’t help with tinnitus.

Fact: Hearing aids can be very helpful in treating tinnitus, either by cancelling out the tinnitus with another sound or by making other sounds clearer. Tinnitus sufferers usually have another form of hearing loss as well, so this can be a very effective solution.

Book A Free Hearing Test At Hidden Hearing

Hidden Hearing is the leading private provider of hearing care solutions in Ireland, with a national network that includes over sixty-five branches and clinics.  We believe that hearing loss should not hold anyone back from living a full and active life, and our experienced audiologists can help you to find the right options for you.

We have an excellent range of digital hearing aids for you to try, including in-the-ear models that are invisible to others, so simply call us today to book your free hearing test.