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Worried About Ringing in Your Ears ?

Do you hear a ringing, roaring, clicking, or hissing sound in your ears with no external sound source? Do you hear this sound often or all the time? Does the sound bother you a lot? Is it interfering with your enjoyment of life or your sleep?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have tinnitus and you should see a hearing professional. 30 million people are currently suffering from tinnitus, and a large proportion of them think that there is nothing they can do about it.

Tinnitus Can’t Be Cured, But It Can Be Treated

Tinnitus can have a massive impact on a person’s emotional well-being, ability to hear, ability to sleep and ability to concentrate. It is extremely common for the tinnitus patient to report increased stress, anxiety, fatigue, memory problems, and irritability.

Tinnitus is a Common Problem

You are not alone, nearly everyone has experienced tinnitus at one time or other, for most it is a passing incident. However, for some, it can be a constant companion. The definition of Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the absence of any corresponding external sound. It is a Latin word which means ringing. Tinnitus can be heard in one ear or two or perceived centrally inside your head. It can be a ringing noise, a hissing noise and for some, it is even perceived as music!

Not a Disease

It is not a disease in itself, it is a symptom of some underlying condition or problem occurring anywhere within the hearing system. Don’t forget, your ears are just the conduits for sound, hearing also involves the auditory nerve and the brain centres responsible. Most Tinnitus is associated with the presence of hearing loss, however, some people have tinnitus and normal hearing.

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What you can do about Tinnitus?

There are ways to get tinnitus relief, including management advice and sound therapy. There have been many advancements in the understanding of tinnitus in the last few years. Many hearing aid manufacturers now include tinnitus therapy options as core features of their hearing aids. Not just that, many have designed accompanying smart phone apps focused completely on tinnitus.

At Worcester & Stratford-upon-Avon Hearing Centres, we offer a full Tinnitus assessment, this includes:

  • 1.5 hours with the audiologist to discuss your tinnitus
  • Complete a tinnitus assessment questionnaire
  • Explain outcome and discuss options going forward

The tinnitus cycle

Tinnitus can trigger many negative emotions which have a knock-on effect on general health and outlook. Often the severity of your reaction depends on your perception of the sound. If your perception of the sound is increasingly negative, you’re likely to have a negative emotional response. When this happens, it stresses you making you pay more attention to the sound of your tinnitus. Thus begins a cycle that affects your nervous system. This can lead to anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and poor concentration. These feelings stress you even more which just reinforces this vicious cycle.

Breaking the vicious cycle

Our job, and indeed our focus is to break that cycle, to give you time to recover. Using sound therapy, in combination with informed counselling and hearing aids, we can bring you significant relief. We will help you to change your emotional response to the tinnitus, helping to relieve the stress you feel.

What Causes Tinnitus ?

As we said, it is a symptom, not a disease, it is associated with many forms of hearing problems. (It can also be a symptom of other health problems.) Tinnitus is typically caused by:

  • Hearing Loss – Most people who have tinnitus also have some kind of hearing loss.
  • Loud Noise – Exposure to loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss and tinnitus. Continued exposure can make the tinnitus and hearing loss become worse.
  • Medication – More than 200 medicines, including aspirin, can cause tinnitus. If you have tinnitus and you take medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether your medicine could be the cause.

Tinnitus Therapy

We carry out a complete hearing assessment including Audiometry. We will discuss your tinnitus and grade your perception of its severity. Based on this evaluation and your answers to our questions we will discuss possible treatment options with you. Management of your tinnitus may include the use of hearing aid amplification, sound therapy or a combined approach.

Assessments & Medical Clearance

Because tinnitus can be associated with underlying diseases of the ear and  other anatomical structures, it is important that we ascertain what the underlying causes of your problem are. In most cases tinnitus is caused by an underlying hearing loss, it is important that we confirm this and rule out any other causes. Tinnitus can be caused by other problems that are not appropriate for treatment by us. If we find that your tinnitus is not suitable for treatment we will refer you to an ENT Specialist to rule out any health-related conditions that could be the cause of your tinnitus or could be treated through medical and/or surgical intervention.

Step Two: Treatment Options

Treatment Of An Underlying Hearing Loss

There are many options for treatment with tinnitus dependent on the severity and the underlying cause. In quite a lot of cases correction of a hearing loss with well fitted digital hearing aids will dramatically reduce or even eliminate the impact of tinnitus. In cases where amplification alone may not be successful, we also prescribe sound therapy. Many modern hearing aid devices are combination devices giving amplification and sound therapy. Different types of noises or melodies can be used with or without amplification to offer relief from tinnitus.

Many manufacturers have also offered accompanying apps dedicated to tinnitus relief. These apps, in conjunction with the hearing devices, give you real control over your sound therapy. Sound therapy will most often be accompanied by education, counselling, and stress reduction. It may also include professionals from other disciplines (i.e., psychology, dentistry, neurology, etc). The new strategies for treating tinnitus give you:

  • Relief for ringing in the ears
  • Customisable tinnitus relief
  • Quick and easy control
  • A way to deal with and manage the subjective nature of tinnitus

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Sound therapy Treatment

In cases where there is no hearing loss is or it is not severe enough for treatment, we would prescribe sound therapy devices. Sound therapy has proven to be an effective management tool for many people who suffer from tinnitus that isn’t associated with underlying hearing loss. The sound Therapy that we would normally use would be Zen from Widex, a proven sound therapy strategy that delivers results for many people.

Signs that tinnitus is going away

Our treatments may lead to the following positive developments in your tinnitus symptoms:

  • The ringing or buzzing sound is less intense or frequent.

  • You are able to sleep better and feel more rested in the morning.

  • You feel less stressed or anxious about the tinnitus.

  • You are able to concentrate and focus better.

  • You experience fewer headaches or migraines associated with tinnitus.

  • You have less sensitivity to loud sounds.

  • You notice an improvement in your hearing.

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