Tinnitus Managment

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or ears when no external sound is present and usually perceived as ringing, whooshing, humming or buzzing in the ear.

Tinnitus is not a disease or illness.

It is a symptom of a fault in the auditory system and usually associated with a hearing loss.

What Causes Tinnitus?

The more common causes of tinnitus include

  • Exposure to loud sounds
  • Age-related hearing loss
  • Extreme stress or trauma 
  • Degeneration of the hair cells in the cochlea
  • Ear problems, such as otosclerosis (abnormal bone growth in the middle ear)
  • Meniere’s disease (swelling of a duct in the ear)
  • Some medications
  • Head trauma
  • Ear wax occlusion
  • Middle ear infection
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Tumours

What can make Tinnitus worse?

  • Loud noise
  • Stress & Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Medicine
  • Jaw problems
  • Ear wax
  • Infection
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Depression and anxiety 

Treatment Options for Tinnitus

  • Hearing Aids
  • Counselling to facilitate the process of habituation
  • Therapeutic Noise Generators
  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)
  • Medications
  • Surgical treatment for some ear problems e.g. otosclerosis, Meniere’s disease, middle ear infection

If you are experiencing tinnitus, don’t let the ringing in your ears drive you crazy.

How Can We Help You?

10 + 12 =