Tinnitus is a hearing condition characterised by sounds in one or both ears with no external source. The nature of this noise can range from ringing and clicking through to hissing and roaring. The loudness of the noise can vary significant depending on the extent of the damage and the severity of the condition. Persistent tinnitus and hearing loss can cause anxiety and depression that interferes with normal sleep patterns, leading to day-to-day distress. Continue reading to learn more about tinnitus and hearing loss, including causes and treatment.
It’s important to remember that tinnitus is often a symptom of an underlying cause, such as hearing loss caused by exposure to loud noises over an extended period of time. Noise-induced hearing loss damages the tiny hairs on auditory cells within the inner ear, creating the phantom sounds that people with tinnitus experience.
Other causes of tinnitus and hearing loss can include ear infections, heart disease, brain tumours, emotional stress, earwax, side effects from certain medications, and more. Diagnosis can be challenging as the condition is usually so subjective. However, questionnaires and audiograms as well as neurological examinations can be conducted in order to reach an accurate diagnosis.
Tinnitus is an irreversible affliction, which means there is no known cure for the condition. Prevention involves avoiding loud noises, wearing appropriate protective hearing equipment in loud workplace environments, and using earplugs when attending music events. Managing the condition can vary based on the specific requirements of the individual, but talk therapy, sound generators and hearing aids have been known to provide relief.
The team at Acute Hearing Solutions can provide reliable advice and assistance for people experiencing tinnitus and hearing loss. Contact us today by calling (03) 9870 2899, or fill out our convenient online enquiry form.