Do you suffer from tinnitus?
What are the causes of tinnitus?
There are a variety of possible causes, including a build-up of earwax or an infection. Exposure to loud sounds, like those listed below, can also trigger the condition:
- Rock concerts (120 dB)
- Ambulance siren (120 dB)
- Nightclubs (110dB)
- Loud machinery (115-120 dB)
- Personal music player/headphones (112 dB)
- Hand drill (98 dB)
- Heavy traffic (85 dB)
- Lawn mower (85 dB)
What can be done about it?
Unfortunately, there’s no single treatment that works in the same way for everyone. Eliminating the cause could be the first step to tackling the problem, so it’s important to find out when and where is happens. Many people who suffer from tinnitus also have hearing difficulties. In this instance, hearing aids can benefit, as amplified sounds will also keep the brain ‘busy’ so the tinnitus becomes less prominent. For people without hearing loss, background noise such as music or television, can provide ‘exterior sounds’ that work in a similar way.
Who should you contact?
If the symptoms persist or you are concerned about your tinnitus, you should contact your GP who may refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. They’ll be able to suggest ways of dealing with the problem. If a specific cause can’t be established, the focus will be on helping you manage the condition on a daily basis.