Last week was Tinnitus Awareness Week and Hadrian Harris, hearing director at Specsavers Canterbury, decided to raise awareness of the condition by discussing five things people might not know about tinnitus. 

1. The word ‘tinnitus’ comes from the Latin word for ‘ringing’ and is an awareness of sound in the ears or head, which does not correspond to an external source.

2. Everybody experiences tinnitus differently. Some people hear a ringing, some a whooshing, some others a humming. Some hear segments of music. The sound can be high or low and the level can vary over time.

3. Although this condition tends to be more common in people with hearing loss or other ear-related problems, it can affect all age groups.

4. At the moment, there is no cure and the exact cause is still unknown.

5. Although wearing hearing aids cannot cure tinnitus, it is widely known that those experiencing hearing loss and tinnitus often see a real benefit from them. The aid stimulates the brain to engage and focus on surrounding sounds, and ultimately distracts it from the tinnitus.

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