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Tinnitus Week 2020

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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head/or ear which have no external source. Those living with the condition may have to endure a ringing, buzzing, hissing whistling or other noise. The sensation can be constant or intermittent and can vary in volume.

The British Tinnitus Association claims that 1 in 8 people in the UK are living with persistent tinnitus.

the effects of tinnitus

Is there a cure?

Currently there is no known cure for Tinnitus but there are a number of strategies that can be very helpful in managing the symptoms such as correcting any hearing loss and counselling.

 

What can be done about Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can’t always be prevented and there are many causes and reasons why people experience the condition. There are a variety of ways you can help protect yourself from tinnitus in certain situations such as using earplugs and listening through headphones at a safe level.

 

Help yourself from Tinnitus

Most cases of tinnitus are linked to hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear, such as through normal ageing or exposure to loud noise. This type of hearing loss is called sensorineural.

 

For more information visit our Tinnitus Therapy page.

 

Contact your nearest centre and book your Tinnitus Assessment today.

 

The link between tinnitus and hearing loss

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The link between tinnitus and hearing loss

 

Medical research in the past few years has shown that those who have tinnitus also have some form of hearing loss.

 

A hearing loss can come in many different forms and in a range of different frequencies. For some, this hearing loss can be small or only affect a narrow band of frequencies as the result of a minor injury to the inner ear so that it does not result in hearing loss apart from the tinnitus or ringing ears experienced.

This could mean a hearing loss which cannot be measured by conventional hearing tests. In these instances, it is called a hidden hearing loss. A typical sign of hidden hearing loss is when it is difficult to hear because of background noise.

Absent audiological input

Medical research carried out in the past few years indicates that tinnitus is caused by absent or reduced nerve activity in the nerves which connect the damaged part of the inner ear to the central nervous system in the brain. This then leads to increased nerve activity as the signals travel to the hearing centre of the brain. When this increased activity reaches the hearing centre of the brain, a sound is heard even though the ear is not picking up any sound from its surroundings. This is called tinnitus.

Acoustic overexposure can both damage the hair cells in the inner ear as well as the nerves which send signals from the inner ear to the brain. Acoustic overexposure can result in noise-induced hearing loss.

The hair cells and the nerves can also be damaged by other things such as otoxic drugs and this can then lead to tinnitus.

Spontaneous signals in the brain

According to medical research, it is the absent audiological input from the inner ear to the brain which causes the hearing nerves between the inner ear and the brain to spontaneously send signals to the brain which are interpreted as sound – and this is tinnitus.

In most animal tests in which the animal had a hearing loss, the animals had tinnitus. Other tests have shown that humans with reduced audiological input are more likely to hear phantom sounds.

Other studies have however shown that treatment for hearing loss and with this the increase in audiological input – for example through digital hearing aids or operations – can reduce tinnitus or at least the tinnitus experienced. This can be because other audiological input wholly or partially “hides” the tinnitus. It can however also be because the spontaneous signals in the nerves are reduced.

Everyone with tinnitus therefore has some form of hearing loss. On the other hand, not everybody with a hearing loss also has tinnitus. The key thing for anyone with tinnitus to understand is that there are tinnitus treatment options.

 

If you have been struggling with tinnitus, you can book your full hearing assessment by contacting your nearest hearing centre

 

Worcester:

01905 617803

worcester@wshearing.co.uk

Stratford:

01789 264111

stratford@wshearing.co.uk

 

Source: https://www.hear-it.org/Close-relationship-between-Tinnitus-and-Hearing-loss

The invisible Lyric hearing aid and Tinnitus relief

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Lyric Can Be very Beneficial For Tinnitus, & Here’s Why

Get relief from your tinnitus 24 hours a day with Lyric

The latest studies conducted by Dr Jacob Johnson, the Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, reveal that the extended wear (24/7) technology, may decrease the impact that your tinnitus has on your quality of life. The key feature of the benefit is that the Lyric provides sound stimulation all day every day. Let me explain why that is a good idea and why they can better for tinnitus relief than traditional hearing aids.

Hearing Aids & Tinnitus

Tinnitus is very often accompanied by hearing loss, in fact we believe much tinnitus may actually be a by-product of hearing loss. In most cases once the hearing loss has been treated with hearing aids, the tinnitus fades into insignificance.

However, once the hearing aids are taken out, the tinnitus returns. The problem is that most people will take their hearing aids out to go to bed. This is perhaps the quietest time of their day, which makes their tinnitus much more noticeable. Causing real difficulty with sleep, which frustrates and stresses them which increases their perception of their tinnitus. A vicious circle.

Lyric Hearing Aids Are Different

The real benefit of Lyric hearing aids for people with tinnitus and hearing loss is that they are worn 24/7. Therefore they are never taken out by the user and there is no let up in the relief provided by proper amplification. Even at bedtime, most users still have a noticeable difference in their perception of their tinnitus with Lyric.

It is this always on feature that makes Lyric very different from other hearing aids and other sound therapy for tinnitus. They work to give relief from tinnitus twenty four hours a day, seven days a week.

Risk Free Trial on Lyric Hearing Aid

In partnership with Phonak, the manufacturer of the 100% invisible hearing aid, we are offering a risk free trial of Lyric hearing aids. If you would like to know more about Lyric hearing aids in the Birmingham area, why don’t you call us on 01905 617803

Live life like you used to! Arrange for your 30 day risk free hearing aid trial in Worcester today by calling us direct on 01905 617803 or book your appointment now!

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Worcester audiologist in tinnitus warning

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A LEADING international audiologist has issued a warning to Worcestershire residents – protect your hearing or suffer irreparable damage.

Victoria Dixon, owner of Worcester Hearing Centre in The Cornmarket, is alarmed by the rise in cases of tinnitus, which is a ringing, buzzing or hissing noise in the ears that can be spasmodic or constant and distressing for the sufferer.

Ms Dixon, who has travelled throughout Europe and North America during a 20 year career as a hearing aid audiologist, said:

We live in a noisy and stressful world and more people are starting to suffer spasmodic, and aggressive, bouts of tinnitus. It’s becoming a modern phenomenon. There is no known cure and it only takes two hours’ exposure to 85 decibels to start to create cochlear hearing loss, which shows just how delicate our ears are.”

A member of the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, Ms Dixon is particularly concerned about young people who use headsets to listen to music or play computer games.

“The major problem is that loud noise is now becoming the norm,” she said.
“We all need to minimise decibel levels and learn to manage noise as tinnitus can be distressing and tiring. It can also affect personal and working relationships.

“We work with people from a wide range of professions such as telecommunications and heavy and civil engineering to help them manage tinnitus sufferers. This includes counselling and advice on how to deal with the situation.”

Ms Dixon’s top tips for avoiding tinnitus are:

  • Take time to relax in a quiet environment
  • Minimise stress levels
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to noise over 85 decibels
  • Careful management of oxotoxic medicine, which can result in hearing loss or ringing in the ears

Launched in November 2011, Worcester Hearing Centre is run by three generations – Ms Dixon, her son Tom and mum Jean Eaves – and offers independent advice on all hearing aid styles and manufacturers.

The centre also supplies musicians’ hearing protection instruments, shooting enthusiasts’ ear defenders, custom fit sleep and swim plugs and personal in ear monitors for MP3 players.

Worcester Hearing Centre tackles Tinnitus

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Tackling Tinnitus With Sound Therapy

Tinnitus is a major problem for some 10% of the population of the UK, according to the British Tinnitus Association.

At the Worcester Hearing Centre, Senior Hearing Aid Audiologist, Victoria Dixon, is pleased to announce they will be able to offer their clients the new Starkey Hearing Technologies: Tinnitus Multiflex hearing aid and Tinnitus management instruments.

Victoria said: “The new products will enable us to give a more effective treatment to clients that are troubled by the noise of their tinnitus”

According to the British Tinnitus Association there is a common belief that nothing can be done to help the tinnitus sufferer, but that is not true.
Victoria said: “A lot of people come to see me saying they have been told they have to learn to live with their tinnitus, which in itself can be very frustrating. Now there will be more positive help available to these people. Tinnitus masking instruments alone will never be the only answer for the tinnitus suffer, but with help, guidance, counselling, and the new technology in this field there is more help and relief available than ever”

Being able to use the latest Starkey Multiflex Tinnitus Technology, will create a customised and comforting sound stimulus that can be fine-tuned to sooth the unique, irritating sounds that are often heard by masking or covering over the tinnitus. This will often reduce the loudness of the tinnitus and take the sufferers mind off it so they can enjoy their life. There is a unique SoundPoint system that enables the client to actively take part in customising the instrument’s masking sound. The control offered makes it a very personalised system. Tinnitus is often a side effect of a person’s hearing deteriorating over time, thus hearing loss and tinnitus frequently need joint attention, and this new technology actually does that in a very effective way.

The Worcester Hearing Centre is holding two open days on March 25th & 26th where anyone suffering with tinnitus is invited to call in and discuss with the team their particular problem. Someone will be on hand all day to give help and advice. Victoria said: “Whilst the new technology will greatly help the lives of the tinnitus sufferers there will always be a certain amount of advice and counselling that is required for each individual client. We pride ourselves on being able to offer that type of advice and service for all our clients”

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