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What is tinnitus?
Put simply, those who suffer from tinnitus hear a noise in their
ears when there is no external source for it, but tinnitus takes a
variety of forms: the noise may be heard in one ear, both ears or
in the middle of the head; it can be constant or it can come and
go, and it may be high or low-pitched.
Tinnitus is not an illness or a disease in itself, but it is
often a symptom of a problem with the ear. Usually, it occurs when
the inner ear is damaged or impaired in some way - some of the
causes of tinnitus are:
- Exposure to loud noises
- Ear infections
- Head injury
- Waxy build-up in the ear
These are just a few of the most common causes, but tinnitus can
also be a side-effect of medication or a result of other health
problems, such as high blood pressure. It is also commonly
associated with age-related hearing loss, although it can affect
anyone at any age.
What can I do?
Tinnitus can be confusing and even frightening when it comes on
for the first time, but it is rarely a symptom of a serious
disorder. If your tinnitus lasts for longer than a week, or if it
is affecting your life, book an appointment with your GP or with an
audiologist through Amplifon.
In some cases, the problem can be managed with relaxation
exercises. There are also specialist hearing aids available that
provide soothing tones to "drown out" the noise.
The British Tinnitus Association provides support and
authoritative information about tinnitus, much of it written by
medical professionals or clinical researchers. Their support
network can also put you in touch with other people who have
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