What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus ("TIN-a-tus" or "Tin-EE-tus") is the name given to the condition of noises ‘in the ears’ and/or ‘in the head’ with no external source. Tinnitus noises has various descriptions such as ringing, whistling, buzzing and humming. Tinnitus is not a disease or illness, it is a symptom generated within a person’s auditory pathways. The precise cause of tinnitus is still not fully understood but it is usually associated with some hearing loss although it can in some cases exist without hearing loss. There are various ways to try to treat Tinnitus however some are more effective than others depending on the individual.
Are hearing aids appropriate for treating tinnitus?
Hearing aids can sometimes offer an excellent solution for masking the annoying noises associated with tinnitus. Masking is generally successful because the masking sound and the tinnitus sound are vastly different in quality. Tinnitus usually produces a shrill, high-pitched, unpleasant tone while tinnitus-masking sounds are typically soothing.
Tinnitsu therapy is another option especially for more severe cases and for some is very effective. Tinnitus therapy takes time and commitment but can be very worthwhile.