Tinnitus is a common condition that two thirds of Australians have reported experiencing at some stage during their lives1. Although there are several potential causes and it is not fully understood, Specsavers audiology professionals can offer treatment solutions that may help.
According to Specsavers audiology professional Kathryn Launchbury, the first step in treating tinnitus is correct diagnosis and identification of a possible cause.
“There are a number of potential causes of tinnitus,” said Launchbury. “Exposure to loud noise over extended period of time, hearing loss, and Meniere’s disease are amongst the most common.”
“No matter the cause, all roads to preventing tinnitus lead back to protecting your hearing as the first line of defence,” she added.
Specsavers top tips for protecting your hearing and avoiding tinnitus include:
- Avoiding loud noises when possible
- Using hearing protection when in noisy environments such as working with loud equipment or attending a concert
- Turning the volume down on headphones and ear buds
“If despite your best efforts to protect your hearing you begin to experience a ringing in your ears, a buzzing, whistling or hissing sound, you may have tinnitus,” Launchbury said.
“Your Specsavers audiology professional will first investigate any other medical condition which may be causing your tinnitus, such as an infection, ear wax blockage or the side effects of any medication, before performing an audiogram to determine if you also have associated hearing loss.”
Whilst there is not a cure for tinnitus, there are treatment options available that may help sufferers to live with the associated symptoms.
“Some of our patients, find that the use of hearing aids can help,” added Launchbury. “Some hearing aids have special programs that use sounds to help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus and make living with the condition easier on the individual and their loved ones.”
For more information on tinnitus and the location of your closest Specsavers audiology professional, visit https://www.specsavers.com.au/hearing.
- Esmalli A, Renton J 2018, ‘A review of tinnitus,’ Australian Journal of General Practice, vol. 47, issue 4, pp 205-208