What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a sensation of sound generated inside your head that only you can hear. The sound can take many forms, such as ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring. Some people experience it occasionally, while for others tinnitus is with them constantly.
What causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease – there are many possible causes. Inside the ear are tiny hair cells that convert the sounds you hear into signals the brain can understand. If some of these hair cells are damaged, the brain receives fewer signals. Research suggests that our brain tries to compensate for the missing signals by producing a new sound in their place. This is the most common reason for the sounds that people with tinnitus hear in their heads.
There are many reasons why hair cells may be damaged – the natural ageing process, exposure to loud sounds or sudden impact noises are common ones. However, tinnitus can also be caused by a reaction to certain medicines, neck or head injuries, or other untreated medical conditions. You should always consult a physician or hearing professional first if you are experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus.
Whilst there is presently no known cure for tinnitus, there are a number of well established tools and treatments that can significantly reduce the perceived burden of tinnitus.
By investigating the possible cause of your tinnitus you can begin to ‘take charge’ by anticipating, preventing and avoiding the situations that may aggravate the condition. Worrying about your tinnitus can make the symptoms more noticeable so learning to relax can bring a measure of relief.
Tinnitus is quite often associated with a hearing loss and many of the leading manufacturers of hearing aids incorporate tinnitus therapy signals which can significantly reduce the effects of tinnitus and in some cases make it disappear completely.
Hearing aids from leading manufacturer Signia have developed an innovative method for helping with tinnitus, you can learn more from their video below.
If you would like to discuss any concerns you may have about Tinnitus, would you please download and complete our Tinnitus Questionnaire and bring it with you to your appointment.