What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sounds or noise within the ears with no external sound source. These sounds are often described as ringing, humming or buzzing noises and they can be constant or periodic.

What can cause Tinnitus?

Tinnitus can be triggered by a variety of causes but is commonly linked to exposure to loud sounds, which can damage the delicate sensory cells of the inner ear. This condition has also been associated with ear infections, stress, excessive earwax, high blood pressure, and sensory nerve disorders. Activities such as smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and taking excessive amounts of aspirin or antibiotics may exacerbate tinnitus.

How can I manage tinnitus?

If you suspect that you may be one of the many faces of tinnitus, your first step is to undergo a professional evaluation. Counseling with an experienced hearing healthcare professional trained in managing tinnitus improves your chances of success in regaining your quality of life. The effects of tinnitus can often be helped by a combination of counseling and sound stimulation.

How does sound help?

Amplified sound from hearing aids, environmental influences, music, or sound from noise generators can help to reduce the contrast between the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus and the surrounding sound environment. A highly original hearing aid feature that has been shown in a clinical study to be a promising tool for tinnitus relief is known as Zen.

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