Are you suffering from Tinnitus?
The main symptom of tinnitus is hearing a noise, such as ringing or buzzing. t’s often linked with hearing loss, other conditions like Ménière’s disease, anxiety or depression. It is a relatively common condition in older people and for some isn’t of particular consequence. However, it can be debilitating and cause distress. If this happens you must seek help. There is no cure for tinnitus. However, it can be temporary or persistent, mild or severe, gradual or instant. The goal of treatment is to help you manage your perception of the sound in your head.
The British Tinnitus Association say that an estimated one in eight people are living with Tinnitus. This figure is rising, primarily due to the increasing and aging UK population. Researchers also believe Tinnitus may be getting worse during the Covid-19 pandemic. A study of 3,103 people with tinnitus was led by Anglia Ruskin University with support from the British Tinnitus Association and the American Tinnitus Association. The study involved participants from 48 countries, with the vast majority coming from the UK and the US.
Hearing aids can help sufferers with Tinnitus
Published in the journal Frontiers in Public Health, the research found that 40% of those displaying symptoms of COVID-19 simultaneously experience a worsening of their tinnitus. Although the study focused on people with pre-existing tinnitus, a small number of participants also reported that their condition was initially triggered by developing COVID-19 symptoms, suggesting that tinnitus could be a ‘long-COVID’ symptom in some cases. Hearing aids can help sufferers with Tinnitus. They can be effective when used alone or as part of a larger package of care, say the British Tinnitus Association.
The BTA says that hearing loss is a common factor underlying tinnitus, although some people with normal hearing may also experience tinnitus. Loss of hearing is often an unnoticeable and gradual process and many people are surprised when they are told that they have a hearing loss. It is quite common for people to assume incorrectly that it is their tinnitus rather than their hearing loss that is causing hearing difficulties. For many people, tinnitus may be related to sound deprivation, for example hearing loss. The aim of fitting hearing aids is to correct any such hearing loss with the possibility that this may help reduce the tinnitus. Hearing aids should be worn throughout your waking hours to gain maximum benefit.
Since the introduction of digital hearing aids there can be more accurate tailoring of hearing aids to an individual and this has brought about an increase in the beneficial effect of hearing aids for tinnitus. Here at Ridgways Hearing Care, our audiologists can help you. We offer a free initial consultation to allow us to learn more about your hearing issues before offering to work with you to find the best available solution. We are independent and will find the best available solution from a wide range of suppliers.
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