Tinnitus is a constant or intermittent ringing, pulsing, buzzing, whistling or hissing noise perceived in the ears. It is most common amongst sufferers of industrial deafness. Tinnitus is a physical condition, experienced as noises or ringing in the ears or head, when no such external physical noise is present. It is normally caused by a fault in the hearing system and is usually accompanied by a hearing loss.
Sufferers of industrial deafness report tinnitus as being the worst aspect of their condition as it causes major frustration, loss in concentration, loss of sleep, apprehension, anxiety and in severe instances it can cause depression.
What causes tinnitus?
- Exposure to loud noises (noise destroys);
- Middle ear infections;
- Dental or jaw problems;
- Some medications (such as anti-depressants);
- Inner ear damage;
- Stress and fatigue;
- Excess caffeine (tea, coffee, cola drinks, chocolate);
- Excess alcohol;
- Marijuana, nicotine and other stimulants
What can be done to treat tinnitus?
- Use hearing aids;
- Consult our audiologist; REGISTER NOW
- Consult your family doctor;
- Visit an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist;
- Learn relaxation techniques and reduce stress in your life;
- Introduce some low level background noise such as music to help mask the tinnitus;
- Receive regular counselling and management strategies for getting used to tinnitus from our audiologist;
- Join a support group through the Australian Tinnitus Association;
- Use certain medications (may be of assistance in some circumstances).
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