To mark Tinnitus Awareness Week, the hearing team at Specsavers in Dover, also responsible for the audiology service at Specsavers in Deal, Folkestone, Ramsgate and Margate, sheds some light on tinnitus, debunking the most common myths about this condition.

  • You can only get tinnitus from listening to loud music or noises

There is no doubt that listening to dangerously loud music or noises can result in tinnitus. However, there can be many different causes. Tinnitus has been linked to many more causes, such as emotional changes, ear infections and ear diseases.

  • There is no cure or effective treatment for tinnitus

This is partially untrue. There is no ‘cure’ per se, but there are many treatments available that will lessen the symptoms and make the condition easier to live with.

  • Tinnitus is temporary

Unfortunately, this is often untrue. While some forms of tinnitus are temporary (and usually caused by exposure to loud noises), the majority are more long-lasting or consist of recurring episodes.

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