Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease. It most often occurs when there is a problem in the auditory system. The auditory system begins at the ear and ends in the brain. Tinnitus is more common in people who have a hearing loss but it can occur in people with normal hearing.
Cause of tinnitus include:
- hearing loss
- ear wax
- exposure to loud noises
- ear infections
- head injuries
- Ménière’s disease
- some medicines.
however, it may not be clear what is causing the tinnitus. Stress, anxiety, caffeine and some medicines can make tinnitus worse for people who already have it.
Many people will find that the tinnitus subsides over time or that they easily learn to ignore it or live with it. Others may find it distressing and want it checked out and a smaller proportion of people can find it very distressing, or it can affect their sleep or ability to concentrate.
If you suspect or have any concerns about tinnitus please book an appointment with one of our audiologists. All of our audiologists can test and advise you on your hearing health and how to manage your tinnitus. We also have two senior audiologists who are out tinnitus specialists; they have additional training and experience in helping people who are very distressed by tinnitus. You can also speak to your doctor and ask for a referral to 'Melbourne Audiology Centre' before coming to us.