How we can help your tinnitus

tinnitus-couns-picTinnitus, (from the Latin tinnit, to ring, pronounced tin-it-tus) is the perception of an inexplicable ringing, buzzing, rushing or whooshing sound, that comes from no external source. It can be an occasional or intermittent annoyance, or be constant and a really debilitating nagging in your ears.

Most people experience the sounds at one time or another and, if it persists, it is important to know that management and relief is available to help quieten the sounds.

Fiona DeBoo is our Tinnitus Therapist, and she will help you work on relieving your underlying stress, the process of retraining your brain, and advise you about other coping strategies. We know she can help you.

What causes tinnitus?

It is a symptom of underlying conditions, such as exposure to excessive noise, age-related hearing loss, ear injury, or your circulatory system.

General anxiety and stress, and muscular stress, strain or abnormality in the structures close to the ear, upper mandible and neck, and conditions such as Otosclerosis, Meniere’s Disease, or even wax against your eardrum can all cause tinnitus. Medications, alcohol, caffeine and nicotine can temporarily exacerbate it.

Pulsatile tinnitus, which occurs in rhythm with your heart beat, can be related to interruptions in your blood flow, and rhythmic or random fluttering, twitching or thumping can be caused by spasms of the tiny muscles in your middle ear.

If your tinnitus is associated with hearing loss, hearing aids with tinnitus distractors can help to relieve your symptoms.