Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) is a ringing, buzzing or humming noise that you hear in your head that is not coming from an external source. You are essentially hearing the resulting sound of the nerves firing inside your head.
This condition that affects up to 26.7% of the population, with a smaller percentage reporting severe tinnitus. There are many factors that can contribute to your tinnitus, but hearing loss has a very high correlation with the presence of tinnitus. You can find out much more about tinnitus and how to best manage it, by downloading our free tinnitus self help guide here.
How Tinnitus Occurs
Tinnitus often occurs as a symptom of hearing loss and this can even include only mild hearing loss. The more that your hearing deteriorates, the less external sound you can hear and therefore the louder your tinnitus seem to be.
Hearing loss can be caused by a number of things including:
Very Loud Noise
Loud noise can cause permanent hearing loss. This type of hearing loss is painless and often happens over time except in the case of a very loud noise like an explosion, which can cause sudden hearing loss.
A tumour in your ear that causes hearing loss. It can also cause ringing in your ears or the feeling like you ears are “full”.
Physical Head Injury
A traumatic brain injury (TBI), hole in the eardrum or damage to the middle ear can cause hearing loss.
A common sensorineural hearing loss that happens as you get older. This is the result of damage/deterioration of the hair cells in the cochlear of the inner ear.
How We can Help Your Tinnitus
Value Hearing & Tinnitus Solutions is focussed on helping individuals with hearing loss, requiring hearing aids, to better manage their tinnitus, when present. We are able to do this as we are extensively trained in the Neurophysiological approach to tinnitus as well as being hearing aid specialists.
By combining this expertise, we are not only able to help you select your ideal hearing aid/s to best address hearing loss; we are also able to select the hearing aid that will simultaneously address your tinnitus. This is important as not all hearing aids perform equally when it comes to effective tinnitus management. In fact, incorrectly selected and fitted hearing aids may actually worsen your tinnitus.
If required, we can use our extensive training and experience in tinnitus retraining therapy to help you better understand and manage your tinnitus through counselling, while fine tuning your hearing aids to deliver the required sound therapy.
Who we are not ideal for:
- You have hearing loss, but refuse to consider hearing aids
- You suffer from underlying psychological concerns exaggerating your tinnitus
- You are under 26 years of age
You can however still download our free tinnitus self-help guide, which is full of great information, usually only provided in costly tinnitus counselling sessions.