Tinnitus is a hissing, buzzing, whistling, roaring or ringing in the ears that only you can hear. For some people, it has a huge impact on daily life, causing stress, anxiety, anger and disturbed sleep. There is no cure for tinnitus, but we can help you to manage the symptoms.
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The symptoms vary from one person to another, so the treatment must be personalised to your specific needs. Our hearing care professionals can recommend different techniques, sound therapies and hearing aids that can help to relieve this nuisance.
There are many possible causes of tinnitus. The most common is exposure to excessive noise, which damages the tiny hair cells in the inner ear. If you are working in noisy environments without ear protection, you are at risk of developing tinnitus and hearing loss. The louder the noise and the longer you are exposed to it, the greater the risk of damaging your hearing.
If you use headphones for anything from communicating at work to listening to music while you work out, be careful that the sound is not too loud, as this may cause tinnitus. In-ear headphones are more likely to contribute to tinnitus and hearing loss than other types of headphones.
Other common reasons that hair cells can become damaged are the natural process of ageing, sudden impact noises, or middle-ear infections. However, tinnitus can also be caused by stress, negative reactions to medicines, neck or head injuries, and other untreated medical conditions.
Some people are able to ignore their tinnitus most of the time, but leaving it untreated can have a devastating impact on your life. It can lead to stress, anger, concentration problems, isolation, and depression. Some tinnitus sufferers become very sensitive to places with constant talking or loud music, so they begin to avoid such social situations altogether. To others, it is so disturbing that a full night’s sleep is impossible. But no matter how intense your tinnitus is, we are ready to help soothe and relieve your symptoms.
There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are many ways you can take control of it and reduce its impact on your life. The combination of sound therapy, education and counselling can be very effective at coping with your symptoms, helping you sleep better, and teaching you how to avoid circumstances that trigger tinnitus.
Although sound cannot eliminate tinnitus, sound therapy can be a helpful tool for managing the symptoms. You listen to different, carefully selected sounds, which can help you feel that your tinnitus is reduced or temporarily gone. It thus becomes easier to hold your attention away from your tinnitus, and helps you to focus on something more pleasant. You can find the sound therapy that gives you the most effective relief by working together with your hearing care professional.
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Our hearing care professionals can help you. If they confirm that you suffer from tinnitus, they can offer hearing aids, sound therapy and counselling to help you manage and relieve your symptoms.
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