Find out more about Tinnitus, its most common symptoms, and how you can cope with it
Tinnitus is an internal signal perceived by the hearer, without any external sound stimulus and is characterized by a buzzing, ringing, or even swooshing sound. The noises caused by Tinnitus can be constant or appear sporadically. It can also seem worse when there are no background noises.
In 80% of cases, Tinnitus exists together with hearing loss – from very mild to severe. The amount of annoyance varies from patient to patient.
Some of NB Hearing’s audiologists have attended courses in Denmark geared to equip us to assist patients with tinnitus and hyperacusis. Management of Tinnitus and hyperacusis is through diagnosis, information-sharing, counselling, limited cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation techniques and the precise fitting of instruments. These instruments may be used for sound stimulus AND hearing loss combined, or for Tinnitus alone (via devices with exclusive sound stimuli). These devices will help to retrain the brain to reduce the amount of annoyance caused by Tinnitus.
Defining the Tinnitus through proper diagnosis
Tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying hearing condition or illness. Amongst others, these conditions can include Noise Induced Hearing Loss (or other types of hearing loss), blockage of the ear canal, head or neck injuries, and even high blood pressure. In cases where the symptoms of Tinnitus are a result of an underlying condition, it may be reduced by treating the underlying cause.
Regardless of the cause, the presence of Tinnitus may lead to distress in the forms of anxiety, stress, insomnia, and depression. Good diagnosis and management through accurate information, relaxation, behavioural techniques and sound generators can lead many patients to reduce the correlates of tinnitus distress and live more productive, relaxed lives. Tinnitus research is an active field and our practitioners read extensively and attend coursework to further enable our ability to support you.
Whether you think that the ringing in your ears is a symptom of a greater problem, or an isolated issue that may be linked to Tinnitus, it is best to start with a visit to an audiologist. A known entity is always easier to manage than the unknown. To make an appointment, feel free to send us an email or to give us a call.