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Tinnitus: The Persistent Ringing and How to Manage It

Tinnitus, often described as a constant ringing, buzzing or hissing in the ears, is a common condition affecting millions of people. Despite its prevalence, it's often misunderstood. Let's explore tinnitus in a simple, accessible way and discuss how to manage this pesky issue.

1. What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no external noise is present. It's not a disease in itself but a symptom of an underlying health condition, often related to hearing health.

The noise can vary significantly between individuals. Some may hear a high-pitched ringing, while others experience a buzzing, hissing, or even a humming sound. It may be continuous or intermittent and can occur in one or both ears.

2. What Causes Tinnitus?

Various factors can trigger tinnitus:

3. Types of Tinnitus

There are two main types of tinnitus:

4. Diagnosing Tinnitus

Our experienced consultant audiologist Eilene can diagnose tinnitus by conducting a comprehensive hearing test and discussing your symptoms. This will often include a pure tone test, a bone conduction test, and a detailed look at your medical history.

5. Managing Tinnitus

While there's currently no cure for tinnitus, various strategies can help manage the condition:

Dealing with tinnitus can be frustrating, but you don't have to manage it alone. Eilene, our consultant audiologist at Buchanan Audiologists, can provide personalised solutions and support. To find out more, call now on 01634 757045 to book a comprehensive hearing consultation. You're not alone on this journey; there are ways to manage tinnitus better and improve your quality of life.