What causes tinnitus?
The exact causes of tinnitus have still not been determined. However, tinnitus symptoms can occur for a number of reasons, including loud noises (rock stars including Phil Collins and Pete Townshend famously experience long term tinnitus) and your brain failing to control reactions to sounds – why this happens is not fully understood.
Tinnitus can be linked to other hearing conditions. Those with hearing loss are more susceptible due to no longer hearing the normal background noises that would usually mask tinnitus. The condition can also be brought on by stress, injuries or neurological and metabolic disorders (like diabetes).
Is there a cure for tinnitus?
Although there is no definitive cure for tinnitus, there are several methods that can be used to manage it. The expert audiologists at The Hearing Care Partnership can provide tinnitus therapy as well as other treatments to help the condition.
Sound Enrichment Therapy uses natural background sounds such as rain or birdsong to distract your brain from the tinnitus noise in your ears. Many hearing aids now also have a tinnitus relief feature.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) focuses on reducing stress levels associated with tinnitus that can exacerbate the condition. As you begin to control the negative feelings, the tinnitus becomes less noticeable.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy combines sound enrichment and CBT therapy, helping you to focus on relaxing natural sounds and manage your tinnitus effectively.
Ear wax removal can also help, as tinnitus can be caused by a build-up of ear wax. THCP audiologists use the latest ear wax removal techniques to provide completely painless tinnitus relief.