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Tinnitus Symptoms

What is the Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sounds 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” and may be continuous or intermittent.

Some people can hear their tinnitus only in quiet situations, but some can find it extremely bothersome or loud and it can affect their ability to concentrate or sleep. In the majority of cases the tinnitus is subjective meaning that only the person with tinnitus can hear it, but on very rare occasions tinnitus can be objective and others can hear it as well.

Tinnitus is not a disease but a symptom usually caused by some damage in the hearing pathway from your ear to the brain.  Tinnitus varies from one person to the next, being bothersome in some people and a mild nuisance to others. It can also be affected by ongoing noise exposure, certain foods, and medications, as well as stress and the general well-being of the individual. 

The Tinnitus Cycle

Tinnitus can be a vicious cycle. You begin to hear the tinnitus, you then start attaching negative emotions to it causing worry and stress. Each time you subsequently hear your tinnitus you become more and more stressed which causes it to become louder. This, in turn, causes you to worry and stress more, which makes the tinnitus louder forming a vicious cycle of worry and stress which can make the tinnitus worse. A holistic approach to tinnitus treatment will help break this cycle.

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:
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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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