Tinnitus

Tinnitus

WHAT IS TINNITUS?

Tinnitus (pronounced tin-e-tus) is a physical condition where individuals hear noises, ringing, buzzing in the ears or head when no external sounds or noise are present.

These noises are usually caused by a problem or fault in the hearing system, and as such Tinnitus is not a disease that stands on its own rather a symptom of an underlying problem.  Think about closing your eyes; you don't always see black as the brain makes up colours and images to accommodate the lack of vision.  A similar process occurs with the ears where the brain makes up sounds to fill the blanks caused by the fault in the hearing system.

Some of the common causes of Tinnitus are:

  • Excessive noise exposure
  • Hearing Loss
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Ear infections
  • Excessive ear wax
  • Middle ear problems (eustachian tube blockage)
  • temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Otosclerosis (stiffening of the middle ear bones)
  • Trauma to ear or head
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Certain medications
  • Ear disease (e.g. Meniere's disease)
  • Ear pathology requiring medical intervention

Tinnitus Management

Just under 20% of the population have experienced tinnitus at some stage in their lives.  As common as tinnitus is there are many methods of managing the noises better, and the best place to start is with a full hearing assessment.  YouHear is a WZT (Widex Zen Therapy) accredited tinnitus professional.  Using evidence-based research WZT looks towards helping more people manage tinnitus better.

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