Managing Tinnitus

The booklet Your Guide to Tinnitus from The Better Hearing Institute describes tinnitus as “the perception of a sound that has no external source.” Ringing, humming, buzzing or cricket-like sounds are often attributed to the condition, which can be constant or intermittent and can be heard in one or both ears, or in the head.

There are many potential causes of tinnitus, including ear trauma due to noise exposure, side-effects of medication, head injury, or simply part of the normal aging process. For some individuals this condition may be a minor irritation, but for many others it can have a detrimental impact on everyday life, affecting sleep, focus and peace of mind.

There is hope! While in most cases there is no definitive cure for tinnitus, proven methods for managing these troubling symptoms, used individually or in combination, are available.

These include:

  • Counseling – a number of different approaches and strategies for coping and support are available.
  • Sound maskers – non-wearable devices produce pleasant background sounds (e.g. raindrops or a fan) to reduce the prominence or loudness of tinnitus.
  • Hearing aids – as individuals with tinnitus often have varying levels of hearing loss. Hearing aids can reduce tinnitus symptoms while improving quality of hearing ability.
  • Wearable sound masking devices or generators – worn on their own or combined with hearing aids, produce a variety of relaxing and soothing sounds which masks tinnitus symptoms.

The outcome of tinnitus management methods can vary significantly – what works well for you may not be as effective for someone else. It is important to consult a hearing health professional such as registered Audiologist Jerry Laufman at the Lincoln Hearing Clinic, to find the best approach for you.

To find out more about Your Guide to Tinnitus and other tinnitus management resources, or to book a hearing consultation, visit  our  Contact Us page or call 905-563-HEAR (4327).

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