Causes of Tinnitus
There are many different theories to explain what causes tinnitus – however it is still considered one of the big mysteries of the human ear.
High exposure to noise increases the risk of developing tinnitus. For example loud environments like concerts, music festivals and night clubs, or listening to personal music players at high volume.
Anxiety, fast pace of living or stress can also cause tinnitus problems.
“Ear noise” itself is not a disease, but can be a symptom of other health problems of both psychological or physical background.
It is often associated with hearing loss.
The diagnosis of tinnitus requires a comprehensive medical examination, covering a review of medical history, physical check-up and audiological evaluation, including tinnitus assessment tests.
The first step towards relief from tinnitus is visiting a General Practitioner (GP). An ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) consultation may also be required.
Currently there is no approved drug specifically to cure tinnitus. Most of treatment options concentrate on relieving the symptoms and making the tinnitus less distressing.
Common methods are based on enriching the sound environment, via hearing aid fitting or providing additional sound sources (noise generators, sound libraries), that direct attention away from tinnitus. These are typically complemented by some form of counseling.
Therapies may also incorporate educational elements like relaxation techniques and psychological therapy, or alternative treatment such as acupuncture.
Hyperacusis is defined as an over-sensitivity to sound and is often associated with tinnitus.
Everyday sounds that are considered normal to most people would be unpleasant to a person with hyperacusis.
Treatment of hyperacusis is focused on rebuilding sound`s tolerance, through listening to soft sounds and increasing the volume overtime.
Tinnitus and Hearing Loss
85% of patients with tinnitus have a hearing loss. Fitting hearing aids improves communication and reduces listening effort and can also provide relief from tinnitus.
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