What is Tinnitus and how will you experience it?
Tinnitus is the perception of ongoing noise or ringing in the ears. Tinnitus affects about 1 in 5 people worldwide, but is not a condition in itself – in fact, it is usually a symptom of an underlying condition such as age related hearing loss, ear injury or a problem with the circulatory system.
Tinnitus presents itself as an ongoing sound inside the ear, even when there is no external sound to be heard. It can present itself as a ringing, buzzing, swishing, clicking, hissing or similar sound. It may come and go, it may vary in pitch and intensity and it may be present in one or both ears.
Common Causes of Tinnitus:
Most commonly, Tinnitus is associated with the following:
- Age Related Hearing Loss
For many people, hearing loss is experienced from around age 60. Age related hearing loss such as this can cause a patient to experience Tinnitus and often the use of hearing aids will improve both the age related hearing loss and Tinnitus.
- Exposure to Loud Noise
Loud noises such as machinery noise, gun fire, loud music etc can cause both Tinnitus and permanent hearing loss, which, again, may only see improvement with the use of hearing aids. However, short term hearing loss and/or Tinnitus may present itself following a loud concert or other short term exposure to loud noise.
- Earwax Blockage
An excess gathering of earwax can also lead to a blockage an irritation of the ears which can also manifest as Tinnitus. In this case, the damage is not permanent and simply requires a cleaning of the ears to reverse the signs of Tinnitus.
Tinnitus can significantly affect quality of life and can lead to ongoing irritation resulting in lack of sleep, stress, problems concentrating, memory problems and anxiety.
How to treat Tinnitus:
Tinnitus can be diagnosed with a simple hearing test and/or your GP should be able to diagnose Tinnitus easily.
There are a range of treatments for Tinnitus and many will alleviate the problem altogether, especially where hearing loss is temporary.
However, where permanent hearing loss and Tinnitus are diagnosed together, the use of hearing aids will significantly improve both situations as the hearing loss is often the underlying condition that results in Tinnitus as a symptom.
If you suspect you have hearing loss, you should arrange a hearing test immediately. You can call us today on 01 6978470 to arrange a free hearing consultation. We will be more than happy to help.