Why you should take a hearing test if you’re experiencing Tinnitus
Tinnitus affects millions of people around the world and is described as a buzzing, ringing or whistling that can be heard but does not come from an outside source. In many cases, the causes of Tinnitus are not known and, as such, there is no known cure. However, there may be help at hand.
Why take a hearing test?
A hearing test could help identify if there is a cause for your Tinnitus. It may be related to an underlying hearing loss, a build-up of wax in the ear or many other reasons.
An Audiologist can also check the health of your ears, to make sure there is no damage and all is well with your hearing.
Can hearing loss and Tinnitus appear together?
In some cases, you can experience both hearing loss and Tinnitus at the same time.
It is thought that, on some occasions, hearing loss can make a degree of Tinnitus more obvious for the sufferer. As we lose our hearing, we may miss out on background noises that may distract us from Tinnitus.
Tinnitus can also sometimes be an indicator of noise-induced hearing loss. For many who have been exposed to loud noises or sounds for long periods of time, Tinnitus and hearing loss can appear together. This is due to the tiny hair cells in the ears being damaged, causing you to lose clarity of certain sounds and the damage to cause Tinnitus.
What are the therapies available for Tinnitus?
In instances where Tinnitus is related to a hearing loss, the use of hearing aids may help relieve the symptoms. Hearing aids can help by amplifying the external sounds around you, helping to mask the Tinnitus you experience. Many devices also have Tinnitus support built in to additionally help relieve symptoms.
There are also sleep therapies and machines available to those who experience Tinnitus at night and, as a result, have trouble sleeping. These machines play sounds to help mask the sounds of Tinnitus, allowing you to focus on an “external” noise and helping you to fall asleep.
For those who experience severe Tinnitus which affects their everyday lives, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may be recommended. CBT can be available to help cope with Tinnitus on a day to day basis. This psychological therapy can teach coping strategies and methods to help you live a normal life whilst experiencing Tinnitus.
What can I do next?
Seeking help for Tinnitus, particularly if you find it affects your day to day life, is a good first step in learning how to cope with the condition.
Whether the best option for you is opting to use hearing aids, start CBT or invest in a sound machine, there is help at hand for those who need it.
Interested in booking a free, no obligation hearing assessment? Book online to visit your local Hidden Hearing centre today.