What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the medical term for a noise which is heard in the head or ears, but which does not come from an outside source.
We often describe it as a 'ringing in the ears', but it can be described in many other ways, such as a buzzing or hissing sound, waves, or cicadas.
It can be faint or loud, occasional or constant, steady or pulsing, and range from not bothersome to very annoying. It is often most noticeable at night or in quiet surroundings, and can be more of a problem when you are tired or stressed.
How Common is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is common enough in Australia, so you don't need to feel that you're the only one suffering from it.
Approximately 17-20% of the population is affected by Tinnitus to some extent.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be caused by a range of factors including:
- exposure to excessively loud noise
- extreme stress or trauma
- age-related hearing loss
- some prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Hearing Aids and Tinnitus
Hearing aids can help for those suffering with tinnitus as it assists in overcoming any underlying hearing loss.
By reducing the amount of attention your brain is paying to the tinnitus, hearing aids can give relief and assist in breaking the stress-response cycle of tinnitus.