WHAT IS TINNITUS?
Tinnitus 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.
WHAT CAUSES TINNITUS?
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.
WHAT IS THE LINK BETWEEN STRESS AND TINNITUS?
Research shows that there is a strong link between tinnitus and stress.
It’s also known that stress can sometimes worsen existing tinnitus. So when you worry about tinnitus, you focus your attention on it and a vicious cycle arises: stress makes tinnitus worse, which, in turn, leads to greater stress.
CURE/TREATMENT FOR TINNITUS
At the moment there is no single treatment for tinnitus that works in the same way for everyone.
The good news is that, in most cases, tinnitus improves slowly over time by a process called ‘habituation’. This is where the brain starts to adapt to tinnitus and pay less attention to it – the person with tinnitus will reach a point where they are no longer overly aware of their tinnitus and do not find it bothersome.
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 Aids – Tinnitus 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 Enrichment – As 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.
Counselling – Understanding tinnitus is also very important in helping you cope with it. Tinnitus counselling involves discussing your condition with an audiologist.
COMPLEMENTARY SUPPLEMENT TREATMENT
Hearing Health, Bio Armor
High intensity noise, vibrations, certain anti-cancer agents, certain antibiotics, trauma, infection, aspirin and heredity can release free radicals that can damage the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. 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).
Hearing Health assists the body in reducing the release of excessive amounts of this toxic substance and therefore helps protect cells from damage. Hearing Health Hearing Health Bio Armour’s formulation is designed to aid the body in decreasing the amount of free radicals and inflammation and increase the immune function.
Free radicals are formed in the body during the use of oxygen, by stress, environmental pollution, toxic chemicals in the water and food supply, smoking, as well as excess amounts of iron and copper in the body. The cells in our bodies are fighting to stay healthy as they are attacked by free radicals. This free radical assault occurs 24 hours a day. By adding Hearing Health Bio Armour to your daily regimen, you can arm the cells with the nutrients needed to support optimal reduction in ringing in the ears or other hearing disorders such as dizziness, balance problems and hearing loss.
BioArmor Hearing Health’s formulation as a whole was independently tested by a third party laboratory and proven to have 100% levels of each active ingredient as designated in the list of nutrients. Hearing Health also helps reduce the number of free radicals and inflammation in addition to increasing in the immune function. Hearing Health Bio Armour is a complete daily supplement researched and developed to improve hearing disorders by reducing damage with antioxidant micronutrients. The ingredients in Hearing Health Bio Armour mean that is it also designed to increase your immune system function, reduce inflammation, increase energy levels and improve overall health.
- Hearing Health Bio Armour is a complete daily supplement researched and developed to improve tinnitus by reducing damage with antioxidant micronutrients. The ingredients in Hearing Health are also designed to improve your immune system function, reduce inflammation, increase energy levels and improve overall health.
- Hearing Health Bio Armour should be taken for a period of at least three to six months for optimal cellular saturation. It is recommended that tinnitus sufferers stay on this micronutrient treatment indefinitely. Hearing Health Bio Armour is available at all branches of the Ear Institute. For more information, click here.