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Tinnitus is a condition in which you hear ringing or other disturbances in one or both of your ears. The noise you hear when you have tinnitus isn't caused by outside sounds. Tinnitus is a common issue, effecting 15% to 20% of the population and is most prevalent among the older generation, but it in fact can occur at any age. Tinnitus is typically caused by an underlying ailment, such as hearing loss, an ear injury, head trauma or a circulatory system problem. The majority of the time the cause of tinnitus is never found. Tinnitus often improves with treatment of the underlying cause or other treatments that lessen or conceal the noise, making tinnitus less obvious.
Tinnitus is most commonly described as a ringing in the ears despite the absence of external sound. Tinnitus, on the other hand, can generate different forms of phantom noises in your ears, such as:
Tinnitus noises can range in pitch from a deep roar to a high pitched squeal and can be heard in one or both ears. In certain situations, the sound might be so loud that it impairs your ability to concentrate. Tinnitus can come and go, or it may be present all the time.
For a vast majority, the causes of tinnitus are never found. But there are some common causes of Tinnitus that are easier to pin point.
When your ear hears sound waves, small, sensitive hair cells in your inner ear (cochlea) move. This movement sends electrical information from your ear to your brain (auditory nerve). These signals are interpreted as sound by your brain. The hairs inside your inner ear can "leak" random electrical impulses to your brain if they become twisted or fractured as you age or are regularly exposed to loud sounds this can become common.
Your ear canals might get blocked due to an accumulation of fluid (ear infection), earwax, debris, or other foreign things. Tinnitus can be caused by a shift in the pressure in your ear caused by a blockage.
Head or neck trauma can harm the inner ear, hearing nerves, or hearing-related brain function. Tinnitus in only one ear is common as a result of such injuries.
A variety of drugs can cause or exacerbate tinnitus. In general, the larger the dose of these drugs, the worse the tinnitus. When you quit using these medicines, the annoying noise usually goes away.
Inner ear muscles can tension (spasm), resulting in tinnitus, hearing loss, and a sense of fullness in the ear. This can happen for no apparent reason, but it can also be caused by neurologic illnesses such as multiple sclerosis. Tinnitus can be caused by problems with the TMJ, the joint on each side of your head in front of your ears where your lower jawbone meets your skull.
Tinnitus is often the result of something that cannot be avoided. Certain precautions, however, can help prevent certain types of tinnitus.
Loud noises can damage the nerves in the ears over time, resulting in hearing loss and tinnitus. Limit your exposure to loud noises. If you can't avoid loud noises, wear ear protection to safeguard your hearing. Always wear over-the-ear hearing protection if you use chainsaws, are a musician, work in an industry that requires noisy machinery, or use firearms (particularly pistols or shotguns).
Hearing loss and tinnitus can be caused by long-term exposure to amplified music without ear protection or listening to music at extremely high volumes through headphones.
Since we opened in May, we have helped a number of patients, locally in Hull, find Tinnitus Relief and get them started on a Tinnitus Treatment Plan. Many of them have suffered with Tinnitus for many years and didn’t realise that their symptoms could be eased and are absolutely amazed after their first visit.
So here’s my partners story so far... He has had tinnitus for years and years and he said there was nothing that could be done having gone to the doctors in the past just something he would have to live with. I kept saying to him for weeks and months you should get your ears checked out...Tailor made hearing opened up just near to us, so he finally popped in and ask for some advice. What a brilliant service we have had from start to finish, Phil and his receptionist have been very professional very welcoming and have done everything he said he would regarding getting my partners new hearing aids done and fitted... and we have gone with the micro pods that just sit in your inner ear, you can’t even tell he has them in, after a few weeks of having his new hearing aids it has reduced his tinnitus by a 3rd and he now says it’s so much nicer and feels like he's more relaxed and not having the ringing will take a few more weeks to get used to them and to slowly result in over the weeks of having the new hearing aids programmed to suit him and be happier within himself.
To cut a very long story short, I’m deaf in the left ear and around 4 weeks ago I started with tinnitus. I called my GP and they have referred me to ENT. So, I called Tailor-Made and it was the best decision I have made.
Phil was amazing, by the end of the test he knew exactly what my problem was, he gave me a hearing aid to try and I couldn’t believe it. I could hear EVERYTHING!! I couldn’t stop smiling. I have ordered the hearing aid which will be ready next week. I’m so excited!!!
If you are experiencing any problems with your hearing, please give Tailor-Made a call.
If you live in the Willerby or Hull region (East Yorkshire), our clinic is on Kingston Road, feel free to drop by and book an initial hearing test in Hull with our audiologist where we can get a better understanding of your base line hearing levels. Alternatively email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call today on 01482 654111.
Although there has been no breakthrough cure, there are a number of techniques, therapies and tinnitus treatments that can assist in managing your tinnitus and reduce its symptoms.
Here at Tailor-made HearingCare in Willerby, Hull, we have a number of treatments and options available to treat Tinnitus and help reduce your Tinnitus symptoms.
Get in touch today and book an initial appointment. We will start by doing a full hearing consultation, an in-depth chat about your experiences and symptoms, and then discuss with you a long term treatment plan.