Tinnitus from the Latin word tinnītus meaning "ringing" is the perception of sound within the human ear when no external sound is present. Despite the origin of the name, "ringing" is only one of many sounds the person may perceive.
Tinnitus is not a disease but a condition and can arise due to many underlying causes; a common reason can be some form of noise induced hearing loss but often it can be triggered by emotional stress or anxiety.
Tinnitus is a subjective phenomenon whereby it is difficult to objectively measure and it is estimated that 10 – 15% of the population have experienced tinnitus, in 1-2% of these cases it is categorized as a significant problem.
Tinnitus often presents with patients who have some degree of hearing deficit so in some cases hearing aids or sound therapy can help calm tinnitus.
If you a suffering from tinnitus and would like advice then please get in touch.
After a thorough hearing assessments we can help advise on the best routes forward.