Ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring. The sensation of sound inside your head can take many forms.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a sensation of sound generated inside your head that only you can hear. Some people experience it occasionally, while for others tinnitus is with them constantly.

Tinnitus can have a major impact on people’s daily lives, including stress, anxiety, anger and sleep loss. Tinnitus has many causes and more than 80% of people with tinnitus also experience some degree of hearing loss, though many are not aware of this. For some, treating tinnitus with hearing aids can help them feel that the tinnitus is no longer as dominant.

What causes tinnitus and how does it affect me?

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease – there are many possible causes. Inside the ear are tiny hair cells that convert the sounds you hear into signals the brain can understand. If some of these hair cells are damaged, the brain receives fewer signals. Some research suggests that our brain tries to compensate for the missing signals by producing a new sound in their place. However, this does not explain why people with presumably normal hearing can also experience tinnitus. This fact and others indicate that the cause of tinnitus is related to brain processes, not just the hair cell damage in the hearing system.

There are many reasons why hair cells may be damaged – common causes are the natural aging process, exposure to loud sounds or sudden impact noises. However, tinnitus can also be caused by a reaction to certain medicines, neck or head injuries, or other untreated medical conditions.

How does tinnitus affect me?
Some people can ignore their tinnitus most of the time. For others, however, the symptoms can become so disturbing that a proper night’s sleep is impossible. A negative cycle can begin, causing tinnitus to take centre stage in everyday life. Consult a physician or hearing professional if you are experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus.

Can tinnitus be treated?

There are many ways to take control of your tinnitus and reduce its impact on your life. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, your hearing care professional can help you take back control and manage the symptoms. Education and counselling along with sound therapy can be an effective combination. Just as no two people experience the exact same symptoms of tinnitus, treating it needs to be personalized to your own needs.

Sound therapy
Sound therapy means listening to sounds. It can be a helpful tool in managing your tinnitus. Sound cannot eliminate tinnitus. However, sound can make it seem like the tinnitus is eliminated or reduced. Sound can help you focus your attention on something more pleasant. By listening to different types of sound, it becomes easier to shift your attention away from the tinnitus sound. Together with your hearing professional, you can find the sound therapy that gives you the most relief.

Hearing aids that have Tinnitus SoundSupport™

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