TINNITUS THERE CAN BE RELIEF
Kapiti Hearing can provide assistance for tinnitus treatment, diagnosis and management. For tinnitus sufferers, the symptoms can differ quite markedly. Do you hear high pitched ringing, crickets, hissing, ocean waves or a pulsing sound? Is it in one ear, or both? Does it ever keep you awake at night? Sometimes the sound is made worse in a quiet room, or if you're tired or stressed.
THE CAUSE OF TINNITUS IS
NOT ALWAYS KNOWN.
SOME KNOWN CAUSES OF TINNITUS:
- Hearing loss, including wax blockage
- Diseases of the ear: some diseases cause certain types of tinnitus; after having a full diagnostic hearing test, we can tell you if there may be need for further medical referral
- Trauma (physical injury)
- Loud noise
- Head injury
- You will be given a clear and understandable explanation of the results, and appropriate management options
- Some medicines are toxic to your ears; we can advise you if your medications might be causing your tinnitus
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Health Issues
- High blood pressure
- Chronic pain
IT CAN BE POSSIBLE TO GET RELIEF FROM TINNITUS. THE FIRST STEP IS TO HAVE A FULL DIAGNOSTIC HEARING TEST
“click play to hear an example of a tinnitus masking sound”
If your tinnitus is related to hearing loss, and no other medical referral is necessary, a hearing aid trial may be recommended. This is because there is a mountain of clinical research and evidence showing that wearing hearing aids can, in many cases, reduce the perception of tinnitus.
Most modern hearing aids nowadays have a tinnitus "masking" noise available to you. Some people find this very helpful, others find just having the sound of the world brought back into their brain is enough to give relief from tinnitus.
If your tinnitus is not related to hearing loss, or you are not interested in hearing aids, you might also try the following:
- Avoid stimulants, such as caffeine
- Reduce salt intake
- Avoid loud noise/music
- Listen to music or sound generators. These can be accessed directly on the Internet via YouTube, etc. Try searching for “the sound of rain” or, ”the sound of water” – these can help you fall asleep if your tinnitus is keeping you awake.
- Try relaxation therapy
- Avoid tiredness