Tinnitus is a sensation of sound inside your head or ears that only you can hear – often a ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring in your ears. You may experience this occasionally or constantly, and it is often experienced along with some form of hearing loss.
Inside the ear are tiny hair cells that convert sounds into signals the brain can understand. Research suggests that if these hair cells are damaged, the brain receives fewer signals and compensates by producing a new sound in their place. This is the most common reason for the ringing or other sound you may hear.
Causes of Tinnitus
As tinnitus is a symptom of other conditions there are many possible causes including:
- hearing loss
- exposure to loud sounds or sudden impact noises
- reaction to certain medicines
- neck or head injuries
- other untreated medical conditions
- Otosclerosis, an abnormal growth of bone of the middle ear
- stressful lifestyle or event
Treatment of Tinnitus
If you suspect you may have tinnitus, the next step is to consult with our Audiologist. A full evaluation will determine if the Tinnitus is an indicator of a more complex hearing problem. While there is no cure for tinnitus, we can help you with strategies and devices to manage and tolerate the condition.
If you would like further information on Tinnitus, or you wish to make an appointment to dicsuss ways of managing this condition, please contact our friendly local staff directly on (07) 4952 4649 or email us at [email protected]