Tinnitus Awareness Week

9th, February 2016

Tinnitus Awareness Week? TAW is the annual week when the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) tries to raise as much awareness of tinnitus as possible.

Did you know that this week is Tinnitus Awareness Week? 

TAW is the annual week when the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) tries to raise as much awareness of tinnitus as possible. 2016 will be the 10th Anniversary of TAW and the BTA are working around the theme of Prevention.  So if you are worried about your own or a loved ones hearing then please contact Sweeney Optician Eye and Hearing Care and we will arrange an appointment with one of our Audiologists.

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus affects sufferers by creating a ringing or humming noise in the head with no external source.  This ringing noise may be heard in one ear, in both ears or in the middle of the head or it may be difficult to pinpoint its exact location. The noise may be low, medium or high-pitched. There may be a single noise or two or more components. The noise may be continuous or it may come and go.

Tinnitus is not a disease, it is a symptom generated by a person's own auditory pathways. It is often assumed that tinnitus occurs as a result of disease of the ears, however quite often this isn’t the case. The cause of tinnitus is still not fully understood

Who can get it?

It is common in all age groups, especially following exposure to loud noise; however, rarely is the symptom a major problem. There is a widely held misconception that tinnitus is confined to the elderly, but various studies have shown that it can occur at any age, even in quite young children.

Mild tinnitus is common, around 10 per cent of the population have it all the time and, in up to one per cent of adults, this may affect the quality of their life.

What to do if you think you have it?

Tinnitus is rarely an indication of a serious disorder, but you should see your doctor if you think you have it. 

The noise usually appears to be worse when stressed or anxious

Can it be cured?

Unfortunately not at the minute, However there are a number of treatments to lessen the severity of it, for example:

  • Medical treatment- includes medication for any medical condition, adjustment to current medication, or an explanation of the condition and its relation to tinnitus. It may include counselling, relaxation therapy and stress management and advice on the use of hearing aids, white noise generators (WNG) and environmental sound enrichment
  • Environmental Sound therapy
  • Relaxation

To Book an appointment for a hearing test at 3fivetwo please follow the link http://www.ear.sweeneyopticians.co.uk/

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