By: Anne Budden
Tinnitus is a perceived ringing sound in your ears. An estimated 15-20% of people experience Tinnitus. Tinnitus should not be ignored but rather further investigated. There are many causes of tinnitus and a health professional can help you find out what is causing YOUR particular tinnitus. A good place to start is a diagnostic hearing test with an audiologist.
Tinnitus can appear as a ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or ticking sound. For some, Tinnitus can significantly affect your quality of life. There is no need to suffer in silence. Tinnitus can be managed and treated in various ways, depending on its cause.
Due to the many causes of tinnitus it can be difficult to prevent; however, one cause of tinnitus is hearing loss. We all know prevention is better than cure and as an audiologist we need to educate the public to protect their hearing. Wear hearing protection when you are exposed to loud sounds such as machinery, fire arms, motorbikes etc and make sure you listen to music at a safe volume.
Tinnitus can also be caused by cardiovascular problems therefore by taking care of your general health (eating a nutritious diet and exercising), you are taking care of your ears.
In life you only get one set of ears, Take care of them!