Tinnitus Awareness Week 2021

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?

There are a range of causes of tinnitus. Most cases of tinnitus are linked to hearing loss caused by damage to the inner ear. Damage can be caused by normal ageing or exposure to loud noise.

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.

Managing Tinnitus

To help you manage your tinnitus there are different strategies you can try. Examples include: ∙ Tinnitus clinic or support group

∙ Tinnitus retraining therapy

∙ Counselling

∙ 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)

Email: tinnitushelpline@hearingloss.org.uk

Or visit the British Tinnitus association for a wide range of information, resources and support and information about tinnitus in isolation.