Tinnitus

Although Tinnitus is not generally considered to be a serious condition, it may be an early warning sign for hearing loss – indicating that some level of damage is being done to the auditory system.


What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the 'perception' of internal noises in the absence of any external acoustic stimuli. Tinnitus sufferers often describe the noises that they hear as being similar to a high pitch whistle, or steam escaping.

Others describe what they are hearing as akin to the sound of high voltage wires, a humming sound, music, even a song with words.

Who suffers from Tinnitus?

Although any individual can experience Tinnitus, it is very common among individuals who work in a noisy environment – manufacturing, mining, music, etc.

Are there any concerns about Tinnitus medically?

Tinnitus can potentially be indicative of a serious medical condition. If you notice a sudden onset of Tinnitus, it is important to have your hearing assessed and the results forwarded to your family physician as soon as possible.

Is there a cure?

Although there is no cure for Tinnitus, there are techniques such as the use of amplification that can help minimize its effects and alleviate its symptoms.

The team at Lincoln hearing can assess your situation and rcommend the appropriate solutions to help you better cope with the condition.

Tinnitus Prevention Tips

  • Do not use cotton swabs – as this can cause ear wax to be impacted against ear drum
  • Use protection for your hearing at work
  • Wear ear plugs or muffs if you are regularly around loud noise (ie. concerts, sporting events,
    hunting) 
  • Lower the volume when using headphones
  • Avoid too much exposure to strong everyday noises such as blow dryers and lawnmowers
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid silence