Tinnitus is the perception of sound that seems to originate in the ear or head, without an external stimulus.
There can be many causes including ear, hearing, neck, jaw, nervous system, vascular (blood vessel) and chemical origins, the vast majority of which do not represent a danger to your body or your brain. In many cases hearing loss may occur with tinnitus, while in some cases, it is an independent perception.
Tinnitus can be a symptom of an underlying medical condition that may require treatment. An Audiologist can assess your auditory pathway to help you to determine whether further investigation, medical treatment or tinnitus management is necessary.
For some people tinnitus feels unconcerning, while for others tinnitus can be very disturbing. Often the reassurance that an Audiologist can provide about your tinnitus may immediately assist you in your experience of it. It is a myth that nothing can be done to help people with tinnitus, as good management can make a significant difference to quality of life.
There are devices and techniques that are advertised everywhere, that have no scientific foundation.
However, sound stimulation, sound devices, specific counselling and relaxation techniques have been proven by research to assist patients with tinnitus. These should be obtained from a qualified practitioner.
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