What is Tinnitus?

It can often be difficult to understand the root causes of tinnitus, but, like many ear conditions, it is often associated with hearing loss, particularly in older people. As you age, the delicate hairs in your inner ear can become damaged, affecting how sound is transported to your brain. If the hairs inside your inner ear aren't working as they should, there is a reduction in nerve impulses to your brain.

However, there are many other factors that also cause the condition. We’ve outlined some of the common causes of as well as a few rarer occurrences, which can help you to take appropriate precautions in situations that may affect your hearing.


Exposure to loud noise

If you regularly use heavy machinery, listen to music at loud volumes or operate firearms, tinnitus could become a problem. While short-term exposure (such as attending a concert) may have temporary effects, longer-term use without appropriate ear protection can cause permanent damage.



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As well as these three common causes, tinnitus can also be the result of:

  • Middle ear infection - An earache-causing condition that often affects hearing
  • Ménière's disease - A condition that causes abnormal fluid pressure to develop in the inner ear
  • High blood pressure - This may result in a pulse-like tinnitus
  • A perforated eardrum - A tear in the eardrum that prevents hearing and makes you susceptible to infections
  • Hyperthyroidism - An overactive thyroid gland
  • Adverse reaction to medication - When consumed in quantities that exceed the recommended dosage. Examples include antibiotics, diuretics and aspirin
  • Solvent, drug or alcohol abuse

For less usual cases when it affects one ear or much louder in one ear than the other, a medical examination, preferably an ENT Specialist, it is necessary to understand whether it’s being caused by a condition requiring medical or surgical treatment

For more information on how you can help reduce the effects, visit our treatment page alternatively your local expert Audiologist will be able to help support and advise you as to the next steps which can help you stay connected  in personal and social environments.

   Sound therapy

Most people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Hence, Hearing aids can be an effective part of any sound therapy. While hearing aids alone can provide partial or total relief from tinnitus, sometimes they need a formal sound therapy. Sound therapy can be effective in treating tinnitus because it may make the tinnitus less noticeable or mask the tinnitus or fade tinnitus.

Hearing aids are included as a critical component of a sound therapy program. Modern hearing aids come with a special tinnitus managing sounds along with digital amplification. They are much evolved over the older technology. Different products work in different ways, although most hearing aids can alleviate tinnitus, certain hearing aids have built-in technology specifically for tinnitus relief.

At amplifon, we have a clearly defined way to measure and quantify chronic tinnitus. As per the severity of the problem, an appropriate combination of treatment methods is selected to deal with your tinnitus. Amplifon audiologists are specially trained in counselling procedures as well which is another critical element of sound therapy. Consult your Amplifon audiologist to find more details about what suits you to deal with your tinnitus problem.


Did you know?

↘ Some 50 million adults suffer from tinnitus (1 in 5)

↘ Tinnitus is the number one disability for military veterans

↘ Tinnitus can occur at any age, and may begin suddenly or progress gradually

↘ The most common causes of tinnitus are: - Noise exposure (e.g., hunting or machines at work) - Aging - Head injury - Medication side effect D


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