Tinnitus Treatment & Management

The primary objective for all currently-available tinnitus treatment options is to lower the perceived burden of tinnitus, allowing the patient to live a more comfortable, unencumbered, and content life.

Tinnitus is a relatively common condition with approximately 10% of the UK population affected. The main symptom of Tinnitus is hearing a noise in one or both ears which can resemble ringing, or buzzing. This sound is often internal, meaning no one else can hear it. Currently there is no cure for Tinnitus, however as it is often a symptom of a problem, it is important to investigate the underlying cause.

If you have Tinnitus which starts suddenly, or which you find particularly invasive, it is important to have a medical examination which focuses on factors associated with Tinnitus. A full hearing assessment can identify if a hearing loss could be associated with Tinnitus.

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Causes of Tinnitus

Tinnitus can be associated with conditions that occur at all levels within the Auditory System. These conditions are:

  • Impacted wax (external ear)
  • Ear infection
  • Middle ear tumors
  • Otosclerosis
  • Vascular problems (circulation disorders)
  • Ménière’s disease
  • Ototoxic medications ( 200+ medicines can cause tinnitus)
  • Noise-induced hearing loss (inner ear)
  • At the central level—the eighth cranial (auditory) nerve

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus occurs as a result of activity in the brain which we detect as noise. It’s thought that damage to the hair cells which mechanically detect sound, means that there are reduced electrical signs sent from the ear to the brain. The brain may misinterpret these reduced signals, and the result is, we hear a ‘nonsense’ noise – Tinnitus.

Tinnitus can be distressing; it can impact on sleep and make you feel distracted or anxious. We meet many people who are (unhelpfully) told that ‘nothing can be done’, or that ‘you have to learn to live with it’, when in fact much can be done to help to ease symptoms for sufferers.

What can you do to treat Tinnitus?

  • Check your medications. Ototoxic medicines can exacerbate Tinnitus. Some anti-depressants, diuretics including Furosemide, Methotrexate and antibiotics such as erythromycin can all contribute to Tinnitus.
  • Avoid exposure to loud noise. Over time, loud noise damages the nerves in our ears. Take extra care when in a noisy environment, and wear hearing protection.
  • Reduce your salt intake. Salt can raise your blood pressure, and high blood pressure can trigger Tinnitus. Caffeine and Nicotine have the same effects so try to limit your intake of these also.

How can The Hearing Clinic, Henley Help with your Tinnitus Treatment?

Our Tinnitus Management service provides a dedicated team who understand what you are going through, and are able to advise support and counsel for Tinnitus sufferers.

One way of assisting Tinnitus sufferers is to treat any hearing loss present with the use of a hearing aid. Tinnitus and hearing loss are often experienced simultaneously, and addressing the hearing loss can help to reduce the Tinnitus. The hearing aid’s action of sound amplification encourages the brain to focus on the sounds you want to be hearing, instead of focusing on the Tinnitus noise.

Hearing aids can also be programmed to compete with the frequency range of your Tinnitus (the ‘white noise’ effect).

If you are suffering from Tinnitus and would like to explore hearing aids as a solution to ease your symptoms, then Contact Us today, for a Full Audiological Assessment and start your journey to regaining control.

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