What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the term for 'hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source.'
It's often described as "ringing in the ears", although several sounds can be heard, including:
Some people may hear sounds similar to music or singing, and others hear noises that beat in time with their pulse (pulsatile tinnitus).
You may also notice that your hearing is not as good as it used to be or you're more sensitive to everyday sounds (hyperacusis).
Where does Tinnitus come from?
Tinnitus can develop gradually over time or occur suddenly. It's not clear exactly why it happens, but it often occurs along with some degree of hearing loss.
Tinnitus is often associated with:
Age-related hearing loss
Inner ear damage caused by repeated exposure to loud noises
A middle ear infection
Ménière's disease – a condition that also causes hearing loss and vertigo (a spinning sensation)
However, around one in every three people with tinnitus doesn't have any obvious problem with their ears or hearing.
How can we help?
You may have heard that there is no cure for tinnitus, there is a lot that can be done to help and you may feel better once you know more about the condition. Tinnitus is very common and we are here to provide you with the help, support and advice to enable you to lead a healthy and happy life.
Many people say that their tinnitus isn't as noticeable when they are doing something. So it may help to keep your mind occupied but don't over exert yourself. Playing soothing music or other environmental sounds in the background when you are in your bedroom or another quiet room may help if the tinnitus seems louder than usual.
Practicing relaxation and devoting time for yourself can also be a great help. Visit our online shop where you will find some products that may help with your tinnitus.
Just as the brain has made a link between the sound of the tinnitus and a negative emotional response, it is possible to “retrain” the brain, through tinnitus retraining therapy. Part of this process is learning about how tinnitus occurs and how to reduce the impact it has. If there is an existing hearing loss, it is often helpful to fit hearing aid/s, as this helps other external sounds to be more audible which act as a distraction from the internal noises from the ears.