The constant companion
Let’s start by defining tinnitus — ‘the perception of sound in the absence of external sound’. What this basically means is that sounds, like ringing in the ears, whistling or buzzing, can only be heard by the person affected.
An estimated 10-15% of a population has tinnitus but most cases go untreated. This is due to a lack of information and the fact that most people are unaware of who will understand and assist them. While some cases are minor, some require more specific treatment to overcome possible long term effects. These may vary from sleep disorders and trouble focusing to stress or becoming socially reclusive.
While millions of people experience the distress of tinnitus, only few are aware of the methods used to relieve themselves of this unwanted companion. Although there is no cure for tinnitus, you’ll be relieved to know that there are various effective forms of counseling and treatments available. Once you’re aware of it, the first step is to speak to a tinnitus specialist near you for more in-depth information.
The impact tinnitus has on my everyday life decreased tremendously — I can focus.