Do you regularly hear a ‘ringing’, ‘whooshing’, or buzzing when there is no source of that sound? This is a condition known as tinnitus, which can cause stress, sleep deprivation, or even depression. Don’t give up!
Our latest technological solutions and treatments plans could have a huge impact on your tinnitus and, for some clients, alleviate it completely.
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What is Tinnitus?
While tinnitus can occur in every stage of life and affects both men and women, the condition is most common among men. According to an American-based study, almost 12% of men who are 65 to 74 years of age are affected by tinnitus. Tinnitus is not a disease but rather a reflection of something else that is going on in the hearing system or brain.
Causes of tinnitus
Almost anything that can affect a person’s hearing can lead to tinnitus. The following have been identified as potential causes of tinnitus:
- Extreme noise: The most common cause. Both long-term exposure and sudden loud noises can trigger a permanent hearing loss that results in tinnitus.
- Hearing loss: Having to strain to hear can raise tinnitus levels.
- Meniere’s disease: A medical condition that also causes dizziness, nausea, and fluctuating hearing loss.
- Some medications: Tinnitus can be a side effect of common medicines such as antibiotics and arthritis pills.
- Stress and fatigue: Elevated stress and poor sleep can make tinnitus worse.
- Caffeine: Tea, coffee, cola, and chocolate can all increase the severity of tinnitus, along with food and drinks containing quinine.
- Smoking: This can cause tinnitus by restricting the blood flow through your ear canal and limiting the supply of Oxygen.
- Alcohol: Red wine and champagne are well known for triggering tinnitus.
- Pregnancy, anaemia and an overactive thyroid can cause certain types of tinnitus.
- Jaw joint misalignment or muscles of the ear or throat “twitching” can cause a “clicking” type of tinnitus.
Research has yet to discover a cure for the condition. As hearing loss (even very mild) is a common cause of tinnitus, the best place to start is a hearing evaluation at one of Australian Audiology Service’s centres on the Gold Coast, in Tweed Heads, or Victoria Point.
Can hearing devices help tinnitus?
If your tinnitus assessment reveals significant hearing loss, we may advise you that a hearing aid is likely to reduce or, in some cases, completely alleviate the condition.
Clinical evidence indicates that hearing aids provide several benefits, including:
- Improve overall hearing
- Maintain sensory perception and the ability to understand language
- Mask tinnitus sounds that can be irritating
- Retrain the brain: A technique called habituation uses external sound and other techniques to teach the brain to reclassify tinnitus sounds as “unimportant”. Additionally, hearing aids can be programmed to help you sleep by producing relaxation and sleep exercises, which are clinically proven to help your sleep and relieve tinnitus at bedtime.
We may also recommend an evaluation by an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist who can prescribe medical treatments. Following successful surgical treatment for some ear problems (e.g. otosclerosis or middle ear effusion), tinnitus may fade away.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can help where other treatments have failed. This therapy can be effective for some people to help alleviate distress and help them adjust to tinnitus.
Individualised Treatment Plans from Australian Audiology Services
We will evaluate your hearing to identify the cause of tinnitus. We will then develop an individualized treatment plan, which we believe could soften your tinnitus, or even alleviate it completely.
All our modern treatments are non-invasive and painless, so you have nothing to fear and everything to gain. Your Treatment Plan will include a full hearing evaluations, tinnitus assessment, consultation, and demonstrations of the latest solutions and treatments.
Please complete the form below and we will contact you to arrange your Tinnitus Assessment at your earliest convenience. If tinnitus is causing you concern, don’t wait any longer. We’re here to help!