For the 15 per cent of Australians who suffer from tinnitus, daily life can be a challenge. In addition to being painful, frustrating and confusing, tinnitus can also lead to feelings of anxiety and hopelessness as finding a solution seems impossible.
Not helping this situation are the persistent myths about tinnitus, which can often delay sufferers’ attempts to seek professional treatment.
So while last week we brought you seven myths about hearing loss, this week we’ve listed five myths about tinnitus that should be put to bed for good.
Myth 1: Tinnitus is a disease
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a condition that can result from a broad range of causes such as a build up of earwax, certain medications, otosclerosis, Ménière’s Disease or exposure to excessive noise.
Myth 2: There is no effective treatment for tinnitus
This is the most dangerous myth of all. While there is currently no cure for tinnitus, research has led to the development of better treatments for sufferers. Hearing clinicians who specialise in tinnitus can help individuals determine how severe their tinnitus is and advise them of treatment options.
There are also many everyday steps sufferers can take to help minimise the effects of tinnitus. Read about them here.
Myth 3: Tinnitus only affects people who have been exposed to loud noises
While it is true that noise exposure can cause tinnitus, the reality is that tinnitus has many different causes and can affect people of any age, gender or profession.
Myth 4: Tinnitus will just go away on it’s own
Many people avoid seeking help for their tinnitus in the hope it will go away on it’s own. Unfortunately, while there are definitely cases of tinnitus being temporary, the reality is that tinnitus doesn’t just ‘disappear’ for most people. In most cases, the sooner a sufferer seeks help, the better their chances of a significant improvement.
Myth 5: You just have to learn to live with tinnitus
This is a dangerous attitude to adopt, as tinnitus can lead to serious anxiety and depression if left totally untreated. There are treatments out there to make your life easier, and there’s no shame in seeking help. So don’t give up before you’ve tried! Click here to book an appointment to talk to a hearing clinician today.