Tinnitus is a noise in one or both ears that has no external source. Tinnitus can sound different to everyone. Some sounds include ringing, buzzing or whistling. Tinnitus is very common and affects 1 in 8 adults across the UK of all ages.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can also be the result of hearing loss caused by a blockage or ear condition that affects the outer or middle ear. These conditions stop waves from passing into the inner ear. Examples of ear related conditions include a build-up of ear war, a perforated ear drum or ear infections.
There is a known link between stress and tinnitus. Any source of stress can be a trigger for tinnitus, or make it worse.
To help you manage your tinnitus there are different strategies you can try. Examples include: ∙ Tinnitus clinic or support group
∙ Tinnitus retraining therapy
∙ Relaxation techniques
∙ Diet & exercise
∙ Equipment, including tinnitus maskers
∙ Hearing aids
For help and information, contact the Tinnitus helpline:
Call: 0808 808 6666
Text Message: 07800 000360 (text only)
Or visit the British Tinnitus association for a wide range of information, resources and support and information about tinnitus in isolation.