Tinnitus Management at Camden Opticians Group
You may have heard of Tinnitus, but would you know if you were experiencing it?
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be explained as a perception of sound within the ear. It is not a sound other people can hear externally. Instead, this is internal and will sound similar to a ringing in one or both of your ears.
You may have experienced tinnitus on the occasion your ears have been over stimulated, like when leaving a concert, club, or festival. This is common and usually goes away after a little while. Tinnitus will become a problem when it becomes too loud or too regular. In this case, around 15% to 20% of people experience tinnitus and is most commonly found to affect older adults.
Symptoms of Tinnitus to look out for:
Many people will describe tinnitus as being a ringing inside the ear, however other descriptions include:
It is really important to take note of any uncommon sounds and sensations within your ears, which may be affecting your hearing, so one of our audiologists can gain a greater understanding of what you are experiencing.
If you experience tinnitus suddenly in one ear only, its important to see a healthcare professional immediately.
How We Can Help
At Camden Opticians Group our specially trained and experienced audiologists can work with you to find the cause of your tinnitus. There are a number of causes linked to tinnitus, including:
– Hearing loss
– Ear infection
– Wax impaction
Your Audiologist will be able to determine the cause of your tinnitus with a full diagnostic assessment and a tinnitus handicap questionnaire. In some cases, this will also include a middle ear test.
A tinnitus appointment at one of our practices is very simple and our audiologists will explain everything to you.
Manage or Treat Tinnitus
To positively manage tinnitus if not treat, the cause or the aggravation must be identified correctly. Our audiologists will be able to help reduce the cause or aggravation depending on what it may be. You may benefit from sound enrichment, hearing aid amplification, noise maskers, or hearing protection. We will be able to provide you options for managing tinnitus to help reduce the impact it has on your hearing and your overall wellbeing.
Hearing therapy can also be arranged, and this may include TRT, CBT, and Counselling. Although this sounds daunting, it is not, and has had positive outcomes for many people suffering with tinnitus.
Do not Wait to Speak with an Audiologist
We would not want anyone to suffer alone, tinnitus can be isolating and unsettling. If you experience any of the symptoms and would like to speak with an audiologist, please get in touch with our team today who will be happy to help you.