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Tinnitus Advice

Tinnitus is commonly known as ‘ringing in the ears’.

Tinnitus is commonly known as ‘ringing in the ears’. According to the Australian Tinnitus Association, tinnitus affects more than 4 million people in Australia. The constant noise in the ear can make people irritable, frustrated, depressed and result in sleep problems, poor concentration and mood swings.

What Causes Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a symptom of other problems with your hearing system. There are many causes of tinnitus. Common causes include:

  • Exposure to loud noise – like machinery or music – over a period of time can result in tinnitus
  • Extreme stress or trauma
  • Wax pressing against your ear drum
  • Otosclerosis – an abnormal growth of bone on the middle ear
  • Meniere’s disease – swelling of a duct in the ear
  • A tumour pressing onto the hearing nerve
  • Some prescription and non-prescription medications

Can Tinnitus Be Cured?

Unfortunately, there’s no permanent cure for tinnitus. But there are a number of ways you can reduce the impact of tinnitus on your life.

Treatment for Tinnitus

The key to managing tinnitus is to try and pay less attention to it. That might sound obvious, but you firstly need to stop worrying about it. Stop focusing on the noise and start finding ways to reduce the stress it’s causing you.

  • You might try yoga, meditation or other relaxation techniques.
  • Avoid noisy situations which will only make it worse. Perhaps use some sort of ear protection like ear plugs or ear muffs.
  • Hypnotherapy or cognitive behaviour therapy, which is offered by clinical psychologists, can help you control your mind’s focus on the sounds.
  • Your tinnitus could be made worse by hearing loss. If you have hearing loss, hearing aids can take the strain away and help you perceive other sounds better. We recommend that you have a hearing check-up.
  • Lifestyle changes including diet (ease off caffeine, chocolate, alcohol and quinine) may help. Quit smoking and keep active. You also might find ways to mask your tinnitus such as listening to relaxing music

Speak to your Smart Hearing Care clinician for tinnitus advice and ways of reducing the impact of tinnitus in your life. Call us on 1300 432 776 or book online.