Tinnitus

Tinnitus advice and support

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the name given to a ringing in the ears, buzzing in the ears, hissing in the ears or pulsating sounds in the ears, that is heard without any external sound to the head.

These sounds can vary from mildly annoying to highly troublesome and can sometimes impact a person’s life. You may notice that your tinnitus appears worse during times of stress or was first noticed during a particularly stressful period of your life.

What causes tinnitus?

There is no single cause, and research is ongoing to find out more.

Often, tinnitus occurs alongside some degree of hearing loss. This is why it is essential to seek the advice of a hearing professional if you feel your hearing has changed.  Hearing test Leeds.

You may notice these internal sounds before you notice problems with your hearing. The delicate microscopic hair-like structures within the cochlea can quickly become damaged due to noise exposure.

For some, impacted ear wax can increase awareness of internal sounds, which often resolves after the ear wax is removed. If you have tinnitus and have ear wax, it is best to find an ear wax removal clinic with dedicated audiologists who can advise on all aspects of hearing. Ear wax removal Leeds

For many, tinnitus is often noticed after an evening out at a music event. Typically, this goes away by the following morning. However, repeated episodes of these loud auditory events will eventually lead to some damage to the hearing mechanism.

Testing for tinnitus

It is necessary to fully assess your hearing if you are experiencing tinnitus to find out if you have any hearing loss or if any ear wax is blocking your ears.

A complete history will also be taken to look at the impact your tinnitus is having on your life; as we know, tinnitus affects people very differently.

If you want to check your hearing quickly, please use our online screening check. Free online hearing test 

 

Management of tinnitus

Following your hearing evaluation, we will agree on a personalised treatment plan.

This may involve the use of amplification (hearing aid technology) to manage any hearing loss that is found. Research has shown that wearing hearing devices can often lessen the impact of tinnitus.

Further to this, sound enrichment or sound therapy can be used to complement amplification. Many of the latest digital hearing aids we provide in our Leeds practice have special tinnitus features.

What is sound therapy for tinnitus?

Listening to white noise, nature sounds, or a wide range of specialist music sources can be helpful as part of a holistic treatment plan.

Modern digital hearing aids often have sound libraries, too; however, with the ability to stream from smartphones to hearing aids, there is unlimited potential to select suitable soundscapes.

Cognitive-based therapies

Tinnitus, for many people, can both be a cause of stress and be caused by stress.

We live in an age where stress seems everywhere, and managing stress is helpful for a wide range of health-related conditions. Tinnitus can lead to anxiety or depression or can at least make these conditions worse.

For this reason, talking therapies like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and approaches based on Mindfulness, alongside a range of relaxation therapies, have generated recent research in treating tinnitus.

How you think and relate to your symptoms can significantly affect how it impacts your life.

Our Clinical Director has personal experience with tinnitus and has been interested in its negative effect on mental health for many years. The Hearing Space provides a calm, relaxing environment allowing you to talk openly about your hearing and more.