The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss, however there are other things that can cause tinnitus. An ear infection, Meniere’s disease, dental issues, blood flow problems, or head and neck injuries are also well known causes. It’s important to find the underlying cause as to look at the best way to treat your tinnitus.
The most common cause of tinnitus is hearing loss, however there are other things that can cause tinnitus. An ear infection, Meniere’s disease, dental issues, blood flow problems, or head and neck injuries are also well-known causes. It’s important to find the underlying cause as to look at the best way to treat your tinnitus.
For many, tinnitus is generally mild and can usually be blocked out by white noise, such as rain fall, the sound of waves in the ocean, leaves from the trees rustling in the wind or birds chirping. Of course, these are all natural sounds that we hear every day, our brains are just programmed to ignore them, so by playing these natural sounds to mask the tinnitus, your brain will block these sounds more easily than the unnatural sound of the ringing in your ears.
There are many apps available that produce these natural sounds, 2 that stand out amongst many are;
Stress is a well-known factor of aggravating or heightening people’s awareness of tinnitus. So, avoiding any stress triggers and generally keeping your stress levels low will not only help keep your tinnitus at relatively low pitched levels, but will also give you great benefits for your overall health.
Hot baths, long walks, meditation, yoga or even a good sweaty workout at the gym will help give you that endorphin boost needed to lower stress.
If your tinnitus is caused by hearing loss, then finding the right hearing aid will help to reduce the noise induced by tinnitus. Book in for a full hearing consultation today at our clinic in Willerby, West Hull and we can complete a full hearing screening for you and see where your current hearing levels are. We can test a sample of hearing aids on you so you can see for yourself the difference it will make.
As mentioned above, a big factor in living with tinnitus is retraining your brain to block out that constant noise. For some people it’s harder than others, especially once you’ve spent weeks worrying about it and your brain is tuned in! But a behavioural therapist can work with you to find coping mechanisms that over time will make the tinnitus less prevalent.
If you suffer from tinnitus, get in touch and book in for an initial tinnitus checkup with our audiologist here in Willerby, West Hull. We will support your though your journey and be with you side by side through the ups and downs.