Tinnitus is a physical condition, experienced as noises or ringing in a person’s ears or head, when no such external physical noise is present. Tinnitus is a symptom of a fault in the (auditory) hearing system, it is not a disease.
The word ‘tinnitus’ is from the Latin for ‘tinkling or ringing like a bell’. It can however vary in the type of noise greatly and can be present as a deeper or higher frequency noise. It can be a ringing, hissing, rushing, whistling, humming, roaring noise to name a few.
There are numerous causes of tinnitus, some which are not directly related to the ears. The more common causes of tinnitus include but are not limited to:
Some of the causes of tinnitus are preventable, such as avoiding exposure to loud sounds or using appropriate hearing protection while being exposed.
When tinnitus first appears it is a new sound, an unknown sound. When we hear sounds we subconsciously classify them in three main categories. threatening, neutral, or non-threatening. When you next hear the same sound your mind will automatically react. A good example is a car horn. When we hear a car horn we recognise it as a threatening sound and we become more alert and ready to get out of the way, even if we can not actually see the car.
Programmable well fitted hearing aids can
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