Did You Know?
1 in 10 adults in the UK suffer with tinnitus.
Many of those suffering are not offered any help, and are simply told to live with it.
Tinnitus can almost always be improved for the client.
Tinnitus is a condition which causes the person to perceive a sound which is not actually present in their external environment. Many people describe it as a buzzing or ringing in the ears, but others are also included, such as whooshing, whistling, music, bells and humming to name a few.
There are many causes for tinnitus, but most relate to some form of damage to the auditory system. The presence of ear wax occlusion can often make tinnitus worse as it “internalizes” the sound, remove the ear wax and the tinnitus subjectively decreases.
How can we help?
If the tinnitus is related to hearing damage , then assistance with the hearing loss or damage can often relieve the symptoms of tinnitus. Sometimes “triggers” will cause the tinnitus to get worse, recognizing and managing these triggers can relieve the symptoms of tinnitus, by working with you we help to manage those triggers yourself.
Some people find that their tinnitus is only a problem when they are in quiet or trying to get to sleep, so using Sound therapy systems gently in the background help mask the tinnitus, thus aiding relaxation and restful sleep.
How do we approach this?
We firstly meet with you and sit and discuss your full hearing history, work out what triggered the problem, we then talk to you about evaluating the degree of tinnitus and how it is impacting on your life, where your issues are. We normally examine the ears with our video otoscope and show you the results on our flat screen. We then carry out a puretone audiogram to assess how good your hearing is, or if there are any areas of damage (such as those caused by noise for example).
We then sit down and consult with you, armed with all the information, and work out a care plan for you, using the tools available to us as explained above.