Tinnitus can be described as a sound that can be heard that doesn’t come from an outside source. It is sometimes referred to as a “ringing in the ears”, however, the sounds heard can vary from person to person – for some it is a buzz, hiss or squealing sound. For many, those who suffer from Tinnitus can live their everyday lives with little disruption. However, for some, Tinnitus can be severe enough to cause sleep deprivation and depression.
The British Tinnitus Association is an invaluable resource where you can find more information about the developing research for treatments of Tinnitus.
The condition can have many different causes, such as;
Age: age can play a factor in both the development of Hearing Loss and Tinnitus.
Loud noises: Being exposed to loud noises can cause noise-induced hearing loss. Whether the sound is a chainsaw or an MP3 player, loss of hearing can develop over time. In some cases, you might experience short-term Tinnitus, such as a ringing in your ears after a rock concert. For others, the noise can cause permanent damage and permanent Tinnitus. Using hearing protection when in a noisy environment can help preserve your hearing.
Earwax: Earwax is invaluable to the health of your ears but sometimes a build-up of excess earwax can cause hearing difficulties and Tinnitus.
Meniere’s disease: Tinnitus can be an early symptom of Meniere’s disease which is caused by a problem with the inner ear fluid
Consumption of certain medications
Anyone over the age of 65 is thought to be more at risk of developing Tinnitus but it can also affect anyone of any age, including children.
It is estimated that 6 million people in the UK suffer from some form of Tinnitus; 1% of the population are thought to suffer from Tinnitus that is severe enough to affect their quality of life.
The symptoms of Tinnitus can vary depending on each individual case. For some, they can hear a low frequency humming, while others can hear a higher pitched or a pulsating sound.
In many cases, Tinnitus is often harmless. However, Tinnitus can also be caused by an underlying health condition. If you are experiencing Tinnitus, it is important to have a check-up, not only to be sure there is nothing underlying to worry about, but also to discuss therapies that are available for you.
There are a number of solutions and therapies available for Tinnitus that could help relieve the symptoms. From cognitive behavioural therapy to help you cope with the condition to sound therapy that can help mask the internal noise, helping relieve the symptoms.
If you feel as though you might be experiencing Tinnitus or Hearing Loss, it’s best to speak to a hearing professional to take about the solutions available. We have 81 Hearing Centres nationwide ready to help you.