What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus Awareness Week | #TinnitusWeek

What is Tinnitus? Tinnitus Awareness Week | #TinnitusWeek

Did you know that Tinnitus affects roughly 1 in 6 of us? That's a significant number of people. 

 

What is Tinnitus?

According to the British Tinnitus Association: "Tinnitus is the perception of noises in the head and/or ear which have no external source. It derives from the Latin word for ringing and those living with the condition may have to endure a ringing, buzzing, hissing, whistling or other noise. The sensation can be constant or intermittent and it can vary in volume."

 

What are the negative effects of Tinnitus?

  • Distress
  • Depression
  • Irritability and/or frustration
  • Lack of concentration
  • Frequent mood swings or anxiety attacks
  • Sleep issues such as insomnia
  • In extreme cases some individuals have been known to have thoughts of suicide

With the prevalence of audio devices, headphones and speakers in our daily this number is expected to rise. Despite what you may think, it is not just excessive exposure to loud noises that can cause Tinnitus. Other causes can include head and neck injuries and even ear infections.

 

Treatment

Nigel Padgham FRCSed, FRCS, is our ENT specialist who as well as cosmetic and sinus surgery performs specialist ear surgery including the treatment of hearing loss and chronic infection. He states:

"Tinnitus can be a distressing symptom. Too often sufferers are dismissed being told nothing can be done to help. However, diagnosis of the cause of the tinnitus should be made as there is a range of treatment options that may help‎."

Contact

It’s easy to make an appointment with one of our consultants for you or your child – simply call us on 01843 234 555. Or if you would prefer, you can email us using the enquiry form on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

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