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Causes of tinnitus

Can tinnitus go away?

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
  • tumours
  • 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.

What is the Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound in your ears or in your head when no such sounds are present in the world around you. It is often described as “ringing”, “whistling” or “buzzing”. In the majority of cases it is subjective meaning only the person with tinnitus can hear it, but on very rare occasions tinnitus can be objective and others can hear it as well.
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Hearing aids and tinnitus

Tinnitus is often associated with hearing loss; about 70% of people with hearing loss report tinnitus. For these people, tinnitus can often be reduced or eliminated through the use of appropriately fitted hearing aids. Read more to find out the reasons why hearing aids are beneficial to tinnitus sufferers...
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Sound therapy helps desensitize you to tinnitus

Sound therapies can be used to help you desensitize to the tinnitus you are hearing. Sound therapies may not cure the tinnitus, but they may significantly lower the perception or burden of tinnitus.

Sound therapy can take a number of forms:
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Personalized tinnitus education and support

At the basis of all tinnitus treatment is a personalised program of education and counselling delivered by our skilled audiologists. Tinnitus counselling provides you with a thorough understanding of your tinnitus and how you can best manage it.
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