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How much do you know about tinnitus?

Posted on Jan 24, 2016

At HEARINGLife, we are used to encountering people with a range of hearing concerns, from presbycusis, to noise-induced hearing loss and even tinnitus. This last condition isn't always the best understood, with a great number of people uncertain about what tinnitus involves. 

One event seeking to change this and create more awareness is World Tinnitus Day, to be held on February 13, 2016. In the lead up to this fantastic initiative, we are shedding light on the condition, and how tinnitus sufferers can seek relief for their symptoms. 

What does tinnitus sound like?

As tinnitus is a phenomenon which is 'heard' in the person's ears, it is difficult to ascertain exactly what tinnitus sounds like if you do not experience it yourself. For one, people tend to describe it differently, from a ringing sound akin to a bell, to a humming or buzzing sound. 

Tinnitus can also fluctuate throughout the day, at times basically unnoticeable, while at others being intrusive and distracting. 

What causes tinnitus?

There isn't a single cause for tinnitus, but some of the known contributors to the condition include overexposure to loud noise, Meniere's disease and certain medications1. According to the Victoria government's Better Health Channel, 16-20 per cent of Australians are believed to live with tinnitus to varying degrees1

Can tinnitus be cured? 

Unfortunately, tinnitus cannot be cured entirely, but it can be treated thanks to modern innovation in medical technology producing a tinnitus-specific hearing device. Other coping methods for tinnitus can include meditation and mindfulness, as well as counselling to help people come to terms with their condition. 

If you know someone who is battling with ringing in their ears, or believe that you may have tinnitus, click here or call 1300 308 125 to request a FREE* appointment with your local HEARINGLife clinic.

1Better Health Channel, Tinnitus. Accessed January, 2016

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