Tinnitus in Australia
A survey carried out by Oticon Australia in 2015 revealed that over 40 per cent of Australians have experienced or know someone with Tinnitus. Thirty nine per cent of the people surveyed admitted their tinnitus meant they experienced difficulty in enjoying life and social occasions. Almost 50 per cent of respondents said their tinnitus made them feel tired and fatigued, while over 45 per cent felt depressed and anxious as a result of the condition.
One way to take control and manage tinnitus is by using sound therapy. Sound therapy ‘retrains’ your brain by replacing the annoying tinnitus with more pleasant sound. Sound therapy can take multiple forms, but for those who also have a hearing loss, the best form is with the use of a combined ‘ear level’ tinnitus and hearing device. Many hearing aid manufacturers have incorporated a sound generator into their hearing aids thereby giving tinnitus and hearing loss sufferers convenient access to a sound therapy program that is worn on the ear.
In June this year, Oticon introduced a new Tinnitus SoundSupportTM as a standard feature in all Oticon Opn hearing aids. Oticon Opn allows the wearer to play soothing relief sounds directly into their hearing aids, as well as stream other sounds like music or audio books, which can help draw their attention away from the tinnitus.
We encourage anyone concerned about their tinnitus or hearing health to book an appointment at one of our hearing centres. Call us on 1300 761 021