Tinnitus

Famously, The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend blamed his tinnitus on years of live rock concerts. While not all our clients have a rock-star background, we’ve all experienced a brief ringing in our ears at some point. Tinnitus is described as the subjective impression of often-continuous sound, with no objective sound source, and the symptoms of tinnitus are often reported by sufferers to be like a continual ringing or white noise, like a radio or TV that hasn’t been tuned in properly.

At the present time there is no specific cure for Tinnitus, but there are a lot of therapies you could try to help manage your Tinnitus as well as reduce the impact on your life. With a combination of the right information and guidance, you can find a treatment, or combination of therapies which may help you manage your symptoms.

Here we have compiled our expert knowledge in dealing with Tinnitus, the signs, symptoms and causes affecting around ten per cent of the UK's population; from all ages and all walks of life.

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    Tinnitus Explained - Facts Figures Precautions and Treatments

    Tinnitus comes from the Latin word for ringing, or the perception of sound in the absence of corresponding external sound. It can affect one ear, both ears or can be heard inside the head and can either be ongoing or intermittent. 

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    Tips For Dealing With Tinnitus

    A 'cure' for tinnitus is yet to be developed, and many report that it may appear and disappear in relation to other underlying conditions. Relief from tinnitus is not an exact science, but here are the three most popular tips that have helped some of our clients in the past. We hope they’re of use to you, too.

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    Can You Help Prevent Tinnitus?

    Many people across the world suffer from Tinnitus, and this can be heard in the ears or head as a continuous ringing, buzzing, hissing or similar sound that never seems to go away.  Tinnitus can leave the sufferer feeling isolated and alone with their problem as other people cannot hear these sounds, or understand what it is like to live with day in and day out. This can often lead to the sufferer experiencing emotional stress such as frustration, fear and anger, as well as interfere with their sleep and general well being. Often it can lead a person to become withdrawn from social situations, and can trigger depression.  Stress is a major contributing factor towards making tinnitus symptoms worse, so sufferers can end up in a vicious circle. 

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    Tinnitus Causes

    An accurate cause or trigger for Tinnitus is not yet completely understood, and cases may emerge without any obvious explanation. The symptoms of Tinnitus can begin suddenly or gradually, and with or without any clear reason. However, it is known that Tinnitus may be associated with:

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    Links Between Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

    Many people who experience Tinnitus also suffer from hearing loss and vice versa. It is thought that we all experience some degree of Tinnitus and this can become more obvious if we lose even a small part of our hearing. Our hearing gives us lots of other background noises to listen to (traffic, conversation, TV, weather, etc.) and we are therefore automatically distracted from Tinnitus like sounds. This is something that those who routinely experience Tinnitus can identify with as many report that their Tinnitus is worse when life is quiet; like at bed time.

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If you have a hearing problem, you should consider getting a hearing test. The longer you delay, the more you could be putting yourself at risk.

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