What is Tinnitus?

Ringing in the ears

What is Tinnitus?

Have you ever experienced a high-pitched ringing sound in your ears? Or perhaps it sounds more like buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing or humming?

Do you seem to notice this noise in your ears when your environment seems to be quiet?

Have you found that this noise is present all the time? Or does it seem to come and go at random?

This ‘ringing in the ears’ is known as tinnitus (pronounced ti·nuh·tuhs).

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. This sound comes from inside your body, instead of from an outside source. It’s a common problem, and affects about 15 to 20 percent of people.  In some cases, the sound can be so loud and bothersome that it interferes with your ability to concentrate or hear external sounds.

Tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition. This could be age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.

While it can be annoying, tinnitus usually isn’t a sign of something serious. The good news is that, for many people, tinnitus can improve with treatment!

Treating an identified underlying cause is often the most effective long-term solution to treating tinnitus. Other treatment options include reducing or masking the noise. This makes tinnitus less noticeable.

Effects of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can significantly affect quality of life. Although it affects people differently, if you have tinnitus, you may also experience:

  • Fatigue
  • Stress
  • Sleep problems
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Memory problems
  • Depression
  • Anxiety and irritability

Treating these linked conditions may not affect tinnitus directly, but it can help you feel better.

Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/symptoms-causes/syc-20350156 and https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/tinnitus/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20350162

Where do I start to treat tinnitus?

If you think you are experiencing tinnitus, or are concerned that it may be hearing loss-related, please book an appointment with Candice to assess your hearing and discuss possible treatment options.

To book a diagnostic hearing test at Candice van Heerden Audiology in Bedfordview or Benoni, please call our office on 011 615 3047 or email candice@cvhaudiology.co.za

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