August 23, 2013
by weareallears
Tinnitus

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is constant, abnormal ear noise when no external noise is present. Sufferers complain of a ringing, whooshing or buzzing noise in their ears or head. It is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying condition.

What causes tinnitus?

There can be a multitude of reasons for tinnitus. It could be as simple as a build up of wax against the eardrum or as serious as a tumour on the hearing nerve. One of the most common causes of tinnitus is exposure to excessive noise, for example at a rock concert. Other causes can be:

  • Excessive fluid in the inner ear (Meniere’s disease)
  • Head or neck injuries
  • Ear-bone changes (otosclerosis)
  • Jaw joint problem (TMJ)

Do many people suffer from tinnitus?

Around 18% of Australians have tinnitus at some time in their lives. Severe tinnitus can be a major affliction and difficult to treat, but in the majority of cases, tinnitus symptoms reduce or even disappear over time with appropriate treatment.

Tinnitus and hearing loss

Tinnitus is a symptom of a fault in the hearing system, so it’s often associated with hearing loss. Even if there is no apparent hearing loss, tinnitus is a warning signal. See your doctor and protect your ears against excessive noise.

What should you do if you have tinnitus?

See your doctor and have your hearing checked by a Connect Hearing clinician. Some people may need to see an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist. There may be a treatable cause.

What can you do to ease symptoms of tinnitus?

Avoid exposure to loud noise! Sudden or long-term loud noise can damage your hearing and cause or intensify tinnitus. Use ear plugs or other ear protection.

Other things to avoid:

  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Headphones with loud music
  • Some medications for arthritis, antibiotics and anti-depressants.

Check with your doctor If you think you might have tinnitus, take action now!

August 23, 2013
by weareallears

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