Guide To Tinnitus
Tinnitus is most commonly referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’ and can be defined as the conscious experience of noise with no apparent external source. Experiences of tinnitus are very common across all age groups (especially following exposure to loud noise).
Do You Suffer From Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can vary in the way it sounds, its severity, as well as its annoyance. Ringing, chirping, or even clicking sounds may occur a few times a month or many times in one day; for a few moments or hours; or can even be constant. For some individuals, tinnitus may also have a pulsating or repetitive pattern. Mild tinnitus is common - about 10 per cent of the population have it all the time and, in up to one per cent of adults, this may affect the quality of their life.
Tinnitus can be an involved and individual issue to manage and no ‘magic wand’ treatment exists. There are however many treatment options available to help you understand your tinnitus better and provide relief. Your GP or hearing healthcare professional may discuss one of the following:
- Lifestyle Changes - tinnitus triggered or aggravated by stress, could be managed by seeking further support to deal with the cause of the stress. Changes in diet and exercise routines may also be recommended by your GP.
- Hearing Aids - those with hearing impairment may find that wearing a hearing aid can help mask their tinnitus via additional amplification.
- Sound Therapy - deliberate use of sound to reduce the perception or awareness of tinnitus or alleviate the distress associated with it can be classed as sound therapy. Sound therapy is one of the easiest things you can do for yourself if you don’t need professional help or are unable to access it. There are a broad range of devices available on the market providing background noise to reduce the perception of tinnitus.
These can include:
- White noise generators worn in or on the ear itself
- Sound generator devices producing sounds such as rain or sea surf or even white noise
- Pillow speakers or sound pillows connected to sound generators or an existing sound system
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