World Tinnitus Day: Robert Scott, Your Hearing – Common Causes and Helpful Tips on Living With Tinnitus
Today’s post from hearing aid experts Yourhearing.com shows how we often take our ability to hear for granted. It’s something that we hardly think about because it is such a normal part of our everyday lives. Tinnitus affects more people than you may think, which is why it is important to know more about it, as well as its causes. In light of World Tinnitus Day, which will be held on April 18th, we have listed some of the common causes of tinnitus, as well as a few tips for trying to live with it.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus affects around six million people in the UK to some degree. Tinnitus is a sound that comes from within the body as opposed to from an outside source. It is often described as a ringing in your ears, but it can also come in the following forms:
It is also possible to hear sounds that seem like singing or a beat that moves in time with your pulse. It could also cause you to become more sensitive to the everyday noises around you. World Tinnitus Day is all about raising awareness about this issue and trying to find a way to cure this irritating condition. For some, it can be solved with treatment for an ear infection or a buildup of earwax.
Common Causes of Tinnitus
There are several factors that can cause tinnitus. Often, it happens over time, but it can also develop suddenly. The exact cause is not actually clear, but it is reckoned that it is related to some form of hearing loss. While around a third of those affected do not have any obvious problems with their ears or hearing, there are a few main symptoms to look out for:
- Age-related hearing loss
- A middle ear infection
- Inner ear damage (caused by repeated exposure to loud noises)
- Head injuries
- A buildup of earwax
- Ménière’s disease (causes hearing loss and vertigo)
- Otosclerosis (a hereditary condition that causes abnormal bone growth)
It is possible to experience temporary tinnitus after concerts and other loud events. Usually, this will go away after an hour or so. It is most common in those over the age of 65, but it can occur in all age groups.
Living with Tinnitus
There is no cure for tinnitus at this point, just as there is no single treatment that works for every case. Currently, you have four main options if you are suffering from the condition. It is a good idea to try them all out and see which works best for you.
- The first of these is sound therapy. During this, you listen to neutral sounds in the background throughout the day (and possibly the night). What this should do is distract from the tinnitus and help you to notice it less.
- You can also try counselling. There are specific therapies that have been designed to help you to try and come to terms with your tinnitus as well as try to teach you how to manage it. You will learn how to cope with it more effectively, and also try to accept that you have the condition.
- CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) is also an option for those that are suffering. The way this type of therapy works is by trying to change the way you think. Through this, it is possible to make your tinnitus much less noticeable.
- TRT (tinnitus retraining therapy). If CBT isn’t right for you, then you can try TRT. This works to try and retrain your brain with regards to the way in which it responds to your tinnitus. Through this, you can try to have your mind block the sound out as much as possible by teaching your brain to ignore it.
Hopefully, this has helped you to learn a little more about tinnitus and the way it affects those who suffer from it. If you have tinnitus, then we hope that this article has given you some insight into the way in which you can deal with and try to accept your condition. It is not easy, but it is also important to remember that advancements are being made all the time to try and cure the condition. Don’t forget to lend your support to World Tinnitus Day this April as well.