Tinnitus is commonly referred to as ‘ringing in the ears’. Almost everyone will experience it at some stage in their life. It can be a humming, buzzing or ringing and is often high pitched and varying in intensity. Seven out of 10 Australians report it and of those seven, three have difficulties coping with it.
Tinnitus is not a disease. It can be associated with hearing loss or other problems in the ear. The intake of salt, caffeine, nicotine and alcohol can exacerbate symptoms. Tinnitus is also often associated with stress, anxiety, fatigue and exposure to loud noise. Most tinnitus sufferers notice the symptoms at night during periods of quiet and it can cause sleeplessness in some people.
Although there may be no cure, there are effective methods of managing and treating tinnitus. The best method is determined by a comprehensive assessment with an audiologist who specialises in tinnitus.
Our step-by-step, transdisciplinary approach provides you with the information you need to make informed choices about your ongoing treatment.
Hearing aids often include tinnitus-masking sounds to assist with the habituation and distraction of the tinnitus. However, although they may assist with the management of tinnitus, they are not a cure. They should be used as part of a transdisciplinary management approach.