It’s Tinnitus Awareness Week (4-10 February 2019)
You can help by taking part in Tea for Tinnitus and increase awareness of this debilitating condition.
In the UK, it is estimated that around ten per cent of adults live with Tinnitus (British Tinnitus Association). Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing a constant buzzing in the ears when there is no external noise. The most common cause is loss of the tiny sensory hair cells in the inner ear occurring as people age, from head & neck trauma, or as the result of prolonged exposure to excessively loud noise. Many people are familiar with ringing ears after a concert or sporting event, but even if the symptoms go away, permanent ear damage may already be taking place.
Constant loud noise is an unavoidable occupational hazard in certain professions; DJs are particularly prone to developing it due to the number of years spent listening to loud music over uninterrupted hours, night after night. Average nightclub noise levels can range from 100 to 115 (decibels) dB1. Construction workers also experience high noise levels from hammer drills at around 120 dB and even Formula One drivers encounter extreme noise levels ranging between 135-140 dB2.
It is vital that people protect their hearing by having regular breaks from loud noise, using dB reducing ear plugs or headphones, and getting your hearing checked out.
What to do if you suffer from tinnitus?
If your tinnitus is particularly loud, which may cause you to experience sleeping difficulties or make you feel anxious and stressed, it is worth consulting your GP or your local Hearing Logic Audiologist.
Tension can make your tinnitus worse; our recommendation would be to stay as relaxed as possible. There are plenty of simple explanations that once addressed, may alleviate or cure the condition.
Underlying conditions such as ear infections or wax blockages can normally be remedied by a short course of antibiotics, ear drops or an ear irrigation. If none of these methods prove to cure the condition, you may be suffering from a more severe form.
Long term cases of tinnitus don’t tend to have a complete cure, but one of the following treatments may be suggested:
Sound therapy can be effective in treating tinnitus because it may make the tinnitus less noticeable or mask the tinnitus or fade tinnitus. Hearing aids are included as a critical component of a sound therapy program. Modern hearing aids come with a special tinnitus managing sounds along with digital amplification. They are much evolved over the older technology. Different products work in different ways, although most hearing aids can alleviate tinnitus, certain hearing aids have built-in technology specifically for tinnitus relief. As per the severity of the problem, an appropriate combination of treatment methods is selected to deal with your tinnitus. Consult your Hearing Logic audiologist to find more details about what suits you to deal with your tinnitus problem.
Most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Hence, hearing aids can be an effective part of any sound therapy. Hearing aids alone can provide partial or total relief from tinnitus. If you’re experiencing challenges with your hearing as well as tinnitus, a combination of a hearing solution with built-in sound generators can often be prescribed. You can expect improved levels of hearing which also helps to minimise the effects of the condition in the same way that sound therapy might.
At Hearing Logic we are also available to help answer any questions you may have or provide any guidance as to next steps so that you can continue discovering the world of sound.
Helpline – 5 February
As a one off, for the first time ever, they’ll be keeping their helpline open overnight, in order to be available to speak to people with tinnitus who are struggling and can’t sleep. So if you find you need to speak to someone that night, please call and speak to one of their friendly team.
Podcast – 6 February
The British Tinnitus Association are really excited that they will be sharing their first ever podcast, talking about how relationships can be affected by tinnitus and how to combat any issues that might arise.
Social Tips – 7 February
People with tinnitus will be sharing ideas about how to ensure the condition doesn’t impact on social situations, hoping to inspire those who may be struggling, to keep getting out, meeting friends and not letting tinnitus take over.
Support groups – 8 February
The British Tinnitus Association will be highlighting the amazing support available across the UK at over 100 tinnitus support groups.
See how we can help with your tinnitus, Call us on 01482 651721 or Book an appointment