Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the ear(s) or head in the absence of corresponding external sound. Many people describe tinnitus as a buzzing, ringing, or hissing sound that is constant or happens in short spurts. It is a symptom, not a disease, that can result from a wide range of underlying causes, typically related to the auditory system.
The outcome of experiencing tinnitus is often associated with feelings of embarrassment, irritability, stress, depression, low self-esteem, frustration, impaired memory and isolation, just to name a few. Tinnitus can also affect a person’s concentration and sleep patterns negatively affecting one’s physical and psychological well being.
There are those of us who experience tinnitus and those of us who suffer from tinnitus. This distinction is of great importance and should be diagnosed by a certified Audiologist. An audiologist will also be able to provide tinnitus counselling and management strategies. Tinnitus can significantly impact one’s overall well being and if suspected should not be ignored. There is help available.
If you have tinnitus there are many effective management strategies that can be used individually or in combination. Your Audiologist can provide you with the information you need to help you to manage your tinnitus.