Tinnitus is a condition that’s annoying at best and debilitating at worse – but there are proven ways to make it better. Here are some of the misconceptions that we have heard about tinnitus – and the facts you need to know. If your symptoms are worsening, contact us for a consultation.
FACT: Many people go to their doctor with complaints about ringing or buzzing in the ear and are told that there is little they can do about it. “Tinnitus is just something you will have to deal with,” they say. “Try to ignore it.” But the fact is that there is a LOT you can do to lessen the effects of tinnitus. We have successfully treated thousands of tinnitus sufferers.
FACT: Some companies will try to point you to a miraculous tinnitus cure where a few pills will stop all signs of tinnitus. While much research has been done around the effects of medication and vitamin supplements on tinnitus, there is currently no proven tinnitus cure. However, there are some very effective tinnitus therapies that have proven to be successful. The therapy required differs between patients.
FACT: Hearing aids are one of the most effective ways to beat tinnitus. However, only specialist hearing aids with effective tinnitus functions will provide optimal tinnitus therapy. Hearing aids are now available in invisible sizes. We specialise in these devices and can offer independent advice on the ideal hearing / tinnitus device for you. Sometimes, Sound therapy maskers provide a solution where hearing aid amplification is not necessary. Ask us for further advice.
FACT: Many people with tinnitus will also have a hearing loss. The British Tinnitus Association estimates that 90 percent of people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss. Moreover, research says that those who don’t may have a “hidden hearing loss.” Your hearing may be good but it is 'worsening' hearing, however mild, that can trigger tinnitus. A hearing test is always important in any tinnitus assessment.
Some forms of tinnitus are temporary and caused for example, by recent exposure to loud noise. Others are more long-lasting or consist of recurring episodes. Tinnitus affects people in many ways. Tinnitus can be in one ear or both. It can be high-pitched or low pitched. Often it is worse in quiet environments.
Tinnitus treatment is more successful if carried out early. Once tinnitus is left too long the brain can become conditioned to these faulty signals and it becomes harder to reduce it's negative impact.
FACT: Noise exposure is one cause of tinnitus– but there are several more. We may need to conduct a full medical assessment where necessary.
FACT: Tinnitus has been around for as long as people have been writing things down. People in ancient Egypt made reference to the condition. Ludwig Van Beethoven had tinnitus.
Following a thorough assessment and initial consultation with our Professional Tinnitus Specialist, a bespoke treatment plan will be designed based on your requirements.
Learn more about our internationally-recognised Tinnitus Treatment Centre at the London Neuro-otology Clinic - a Centre of Excellence in Audiological Medicine.
Tel - 020 8059 9645
Neuro-Otology Centre, 32 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JL
Millway Medical Practice, Hartley Ave, London NW7 2HX
St Andrews Medical Practice, 50 Oakleigh Road N., Whetstone, London N20 9EX
5 Hoop Lane, London NW11 8JR