To mark Tinnitus Awareness Week, in February, Chloe Gilliam, hearing director at Specsavers in Sittingbourne, Chatham and Gillingham, discusses three things that you probably didn’t know about the condition.

  • We call tinnitus the condition that creates an awareness of sound in the ears or head that is not from an external source. What you might not know is that there are many different types of tinnitus sounds, including a ring, click, buzz, whistle, hiss or even, more rarely, segments of music.
  • Tinnitus is very common amongst adults and people of any age, gender, background or ethnicity can suffer from this condition. If you think you might have tinnitus, it is really important for you to seek professional help to alleviate your symptoms.
  • If you are a smoker, your tinnitus is likely to worsen. This is because smoking reduces the amount of oxygen reaching your brain and the nerve cells of your inner ear, aggravating the symptoms.

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