Tinnitus is a ringing, buzzing, humming or swooshing sound heard internally without any external sound stimulus, Some patients also experience a feeling of “fullness” in the head. Tinnitus can either be constant or appear sporadically. It can also seem worse when there are no background noises – which means that the symptoms are generally more severe at night. Tinnitus can feel as if it is in the middle of the head or can feel located to one side. It can seem to pulse or stay constant. Often, hearing a sound that isn’t there can seem very distressing.
80% of tinnitus cases exist together with hearing loss – from very mild to severe. Sometimes the person isn’t aware of the hearing loss. The amount of distress or annoyance varies from patient to patient. In some cases, it is easy to ignore and does not feel distressing. In other cases the noise can affect a person’s life.
NB Hearing’s audiologists have experience in assisting people with tinnitus. We have current knowledge of the field of research in tinnitus. We also ensure that we are equipped with techniques that have a scientific basis to diagnose and help people to manage their experience of tinnitus and other internal sound experiences such as hyperacusis and misophonia.