What is tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the term for noises heard ‘in the ear or ears’ or ‘in the head’ when no obvious source of sound is apparent. The noises are usually described as ringing, whistling, hissing, buzzing or humming, but they can take the form of almost any noise even musical sounds. In a mild form tinnitus is very common. About 10% of the adult population in the UK experience persistent tinnitus, between 2% and 5% are troubled by it 7% of the UK population have consulted their GP about tinnitus (Davis, Hearing in Adults 2005). It is thought to be equally common among children.
What does it sound like?
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What are the causes?
What can be done about it?
If you think that you have tinnitus, go and see your GP. You may need to be referred to an Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist who will take a full medical history and examination. Based on this, medical conditions related to tinnitus can be confirmed or ruled out and therefore provide a basis for more specific tinnitus treatment.
There is a large amount of help available. Here at Sussex Audiology Centre our dedicated Hearing Therapist is on hand to give help and advice when hearing aids are unable to fill the gap or are unsuccessful in resolving hearing loss. Advice is available about equipment, e.g - which telephones work best with hearing loss/aids, which gadgets can help with the TV or listening to music, and also how to manage your environment better to make hearing easier.
Having 12 years experience in the NHS, supporting people with varying degrees of hearing loss, one of the roles of our Hearing Therapist is to help people maximise the hearing they have, helping them and their families overcome some of the frustrations associated with hearing loss.
Where to go for support?
Sussex Audiology Centre, in conjunction with the British Tinnitus Association (BTA), hold a bi-monthly meeting for tinnitus sufferers. The Tinnitus Support Group meet up in Brighton and offer help and advice in a supportive environment. For more information see here: https://www.tinnitus.org.uk/find-a-support-group?gclid=CLesuo-N1tMCFRAz0...