Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling or other noises in one or both ears even when there is no external sound. This noise can be intermittent or continuous and can also vary in volume.
Types of Tinnitus
Individuals experiencing subjective tinnitus hear the noises such as ringing or buzzing. These sounds are only heard by the individual and not others.
Auditory and neurological reactions caused by hearing loss are some of the common causes of subjective tinnitus.
Individuals with objective tinnitus usually hear pulsing noises that are in rhythm with the individual’s blood flow or pulse near the ear tissue. These sounds can be detected by an audiologist through a stethoscope or ear canal microphone, unlike subjective tinnitus where the sounds are only heard by the individual.
This condition is usually caused by abnormalities or disorders affecting the blood vessels.
Common Causes of Tinnitus
Some common causes of tinnitus include:
- Hearing loss
- Natural ageing process
- Ear infections
- Damage to the ears (e.g. ruptured eardrum)
- Injuries to the head or neck
- Excessive exposure to loud noises (e.g. from concerts, construction work, gunfire)
- Emotional distress
- Medical conditions (e.g. Meniere’s disease, circulatory disorders, diabetes, overactive thyroid)
- Reaction to medication
Tinnitus and Hearing Loss
For example, you may hear noises only in one ear if you are experiencing hearing loss in that same ear. Alternatively, you may hear a hissing or high-pitched ringing if you have difficulties hearing high-frequency sounds.
Tinnitus Treatment by Hearing Partners
Our audiologists at Hearing Partners will assess the potential need for a medical examination and/or audiologic intervention. The need for referral is identified based on your case history and results from audiological tests such as Pure Tone Audiometry, Speech Test, or Immittance Test.
Based on your condition, you may be recommended to use Oticon hearing aids with Tinnitus SoundSupport™.
Tinnitus Sound Support™
Tinnitus SoundSupport™ is a unique solution designed to help manage your tinnitus using a wide range of relief sounds.
You can discreetly control and adjust the sounds using the Oticon ON app according to your needs. You can even stream music, podcasts and audiobooks through your wireless hearing aids.
With Tinnitus SoundSupport™, you can better manage your condition and reduce its impact on your life.
Why Choose Hearing Partners?
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With over a century of experience in this field, our team of professionals will pay attention to your needs at every step of your journey and ensure a stress-free experience.
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Here at Hearing Partners, we carry a wide range of hearing solutions. Different series of hearing devices are available for both adults and children with varying needs and conditions.
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We seek to provide the best service to all our clients and help them achieve a better quality of life by restoring their hearing. Since our founding, we have fitted more than 15,000 patients.
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FAQs About Tinnitus Treatment
What is the difference between subjective and objective tinnitus?
Those who suffer from subjective tinnitus are the only ones who can hear the noises such as buzzing or ringing.
On the other hand, the sounds heard by an individual with objective tinnitus can also be heard by others. This includes an audiologist who is conducting the hearing examination with a stethoscope or ear canal microphone.
Will my tinnitus get worse over time?
If you suspect you have tinnitus, we’d advise you to seek medical attention as soon as possible. It’s important to understand the underlying cause of your tinnitus or you may risk having your condition worsen over time.
Those who receive appropriate medical management, effective treatment and support will have a higher chance of long-term recovery.
When should I see a doctor for tinnitus?
You should see an audiologist if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Ringing in the ears for more than a week
- Pain in the ears
- Drainage from the ear
- Hearing noise only in one ear
- Hearing noises that are rhythmic with your pulse
Schedule an appointment with our hearing care professionals today.
Are there any over-the-counter tinnitus treatments?
Over-the-counter medicines or herbal remedies do not work in the treatment of tinnitus.
If you have tinnitus, please schedule a consultation with our audiologists. We’ll then assess your condition and recommend the appropriate treatment for you.
Can tinnitus be permanently cured?
Objective tinnitus that is caused by a medical condition can be cured by treating that condition. On the other hand, other forms of tinnitus may not be treatable but hearing aids can help to alleviate the symptoms.
Consult our experienced hearing care professionals for advice on your condition.
How can I prevent tinnitus?
- Keep your ears clean
Ear infections can cause tinnitus. Therefore, it is important to keep your ears clean. You can do so by removing ear wax and cleaning your earplugs or hearing aids regularly.
- Reduce your stress levels
Tinnitus can be triggered by anxiety or stress. To help relieve these negative emotions, start by inculcating good daily habits into your life such as having a healthy diet and an adequate amount of exercise.
- Avoid standing close to speakers
Avoid standing or sitting too near to speakers, especially if you are going to a club or concert. Loud noises can damage the cells and membranes in the cochlea, which may lead to tinnitus or hearing loss.
- Listen to music at a safe volume
If you are using headphones or earbuds to listen to music, ensure that the volume is adjusted to a safe level that will not damage your ears. The recommended volume is between 60 and 85 decibels.
If you are unsure about whether your music is too loud, get a friend to stand beside you. He/she should not be able to hear it if you are listening at a safe volume.
- Rest your ears
Instead of listening to your headphones for long periods of time, try taking frequent breaks to allow your ears to rest. This can help them better cope with loud sounds.
1Statistics retrieved from Audika Australia
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