TinnitusTinnitus can be perceived in either one or both ears, and is often described as “ringing in the ears”. It can, however, take the form of high-pitched whining, hissing, humming, whistling, buzzing and many others. It is not always continuous and its intensity can vary. Most people with tinnitus have some degree of hearing loss. However, to some patients, tinnitus does not mean a loss of hearing, but rather a loss of silence. Tinnitus can be brought on by stress, illness or exposure to loud noise. Other causes can include certain antibiotics and anti-cancer medication, trauma, aspirin and heredity. These incidents or causes can release free radicals that can damage the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. These damaged cells release excessive amounts of a toxic substance called glutamate that causes increased activity in the “hearing centre” of the brain and leads to the perception of phantom sounds (tinnitus). The diagnosis of tinnitus requires a comprehensive audiological examination, covering a review of medical history and tinnitus assessment tests. The first step towards relief from tinnitus is visiting an audiologist. An ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) consultation may also be required. Tinnitus Treatment –At the moment there is no single treatment for tinnitus that works in the same way for everyone. The first step is to consult an audiologist for a full audiological examination.If an underlying cause – such as ear wax build-up – can be found, the matter can be treated and the tinnitus should improve. If, however, the tinnitus is as a result of a number of factors, as is most often the case, a management programme will be suggested by your audiologist. This may include one or a combination of the following:
HEARING AIDSTinnitus is often associated with hearing loss. Fitting a patient with hearing aids often enriches their sound environment in such a way that the tinnitus might be no longer bothersome.
SOUND ENRICHMENTAs tinnitus is often most noticeable in quiet environments, background noise such as music or the television can help distract you from the sound of tinnitus. Listening to natural relaxing sounds, such as the sound of rain or the ocean, can also help. These are available at the Ear Institute as an application for a smartphone, or on a CD. Hearing aids are also available that are equipped with a noise generator, which can help to distract you from the sound of the tinnitus.
COUNSELLINGUnderstanding tinnitus is also very important in helping you cope with it. Tinnitus counselling involves discussing your condition with an audiologist.
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