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Do you have tinnitus? Tinnitus is a noise in the ears that is unsettling and disruptive, and is usually described as a ringing, buzzing or hissing sound. It usually affects people with hearing loss, but hearing loss does not cause it. It is a common complaint, and there is currently no cure, but there are some measures you can take to reduce the symptoms.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we see and treat people with different types of hearing loss every day. Tinnitus is a tricky problem, since each individual experiences it in a different way, but we are usually able to find a solution that offers some relief. As with all hearing loss, the sooner you seek help, the better your outcomes are likely to be. For this reason, we would advise you to talk to an audiologist as soon as possible.
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
- Specialised hearing aids. The use of hearing aids to treat tinnitus is common, and it can be very effective for some people. As technology has progressed, specialised hearing aids have been developed to include a customisable sound stimulus that is effective in relieving the sounds of tinnitus.
- Sound therapy. Sound therapy, including the use of white noise, can be useful in reducing the effects of tinnitus. This is an option you can discuss with your audiologist or doctor.
- Counselling. Tinnitus counselling can help you to understand tinnitus and find ways to cope with it. Talk to your doctor about this, as it may be available from your audiologist or a hearing therapist.
- Tinnitus retraining therapy. TRT is a specific therapy that focuses on retraining your brain response to tinnitus. This can enable you to block the sounds more effectively, so that you become less aware of them. TRT is available via private clinics, and usually involves a combination of intensive sound therapy and long-term counselling.
- CBT. CBT techniques, that work to change the way you respond to certain stimuli and alter your thought processes, can be effectively used to treat tinnitus by changing the way that you think about it and thus reducing the impact it has on your life.
- Self help techniques. Some useful techniques that you can use at home include relaxation, listening to music and regulating your sleep patterns. Joining a local or online support group may also offer support that helps you to cope better with the condition.
Book a Free Hearing Check-Up 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. We offer free hearing tests and our experienced audiologists will help you to find the best solution for your lifestyle.
We stock a wide range of hearing aids that you can try, including new digital hearing aids that are tiny and discreet, as well offering a highly sensitive hearing experience. Contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.