What is Tinnitus?
The ringing noise people experience in their ears after going to a concert or listening to loud music can be described as tinnitus.
In some cases, tinnitus is only temporary and goes away given time. Yet for others, the ringing noise is constant and interferes with their ability to concentrate or hear actual sound. The majority of us will experience tinnitus at some point. It is not usually the presence of the tinnitus that is an issue, but rather how an individual thinks and feels about it. When tinnitus becomes problematic, sufferers often associate it with feelings of fear and anxiety leading to stress and frustration.
Tinnitus can be caused by several factors, such as age-related hearing loss, exposure to loud noise or earwax blockage.
You are not alone.
Even though you might feel like you are the only one with tinnitus, you are not. In fact, many celebrities have suffered from tinnitus too, including Liza Minelli, Bob Dylan, Will.i.am, William Shatner and Barbara Streisand.
How do I manage tinnitus?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for tinnitus but it can be managed with the help of technology and a few lifestyle changes.
Australian Hearing offers the latest in tinnitus relief technology through the Neuromonics TM range of devices designed to address both the auditory and emotional aspects that contribute to significant tinnitus.
Models are available to suit both hearing aid users and those without hearing loss. In addition, clinicians can provide a structured rehabilitation program. Some tinnitus sufferers find the counselling alone provides enough relief that they don’t need a special device.
Other helpful tips:
- Avoid silence. Keeping your ears busy with background noise, such as the television or radio, can help your brain focus on those sounds instead of the ringing noise.
- Keep calm and relaxed. Tinnitus can be triggered by stress and tiredness, so relaxing activities like a massage or yoga can offer relief.
- Check your medications. Some medications can cause or worsen tinnitus, so it’s essential to tell your family doctor if you’re experiencing symptoms. Take special care with medications for arthritis, anti-depressants, rheumatic diseases and some antibiotics.
- Limit your caffeine. Consuming caffeine can temporarily worsen tinnitus for some people.
So, what next?
The first step is to identify what is causing tinnitus and, if necessary, take a hearing test.
You can talk to one of our trusted hearing specialists by calling 1800 740 301 or via live chat on hearinghelp.com.au.
You can also find out more about our popular tinnitus relief Sound Oasis Therapy System that has been clinically proven to help diminish tinnitus discomfort to create a relaxing atmosphere to help you fall asleep.