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Tinnitus Treatment

Surprisingly common, 207,000 New Zealanders over the age of 14, experience some form of tinnitus, also known as a recurring "ringing in the ears"1. You can take control and manage tinnitus, with a variety of tinnitus treatment to significantly minimise the affects and provide tinnitus relief. 

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1Wu B., Searchfield G., Exeter D. & Leehe A. 2015, 'Tinnitus prevelence in New Zealand', The New Zealand Medical Journal, vol. 128, no. 1423.

13.5% of people aged 65 years in New Zealand suffer some form of tinnitus2 from mild to severe. Tinnitus is typically experienced as a persistent ringing in the ears. The severity and regularity of tinnitus differs from each individual, which may have a huge impact on your daily life, causing stress, anxiety and disturbed sleep patterns. Tinnitus may be most obvious when in very quiet situations and may feel as if it’s coming from inside your head. It can be a single noise or a combination of sounds. 

There is no cure for tinnitus, however there are a few forms of tinnitus relief for those who are affected. The treatment for tinnitus may be a combination of sound therapy, education and counselling. 

Do I have tinnitus?

How does Tinnitus affect your life?

Tinnitus is commonly a symptom of an auditory or sensory fault in the hearing system sometimes caused by a stressful event such as exposure to loud noise. 
There are a variety of potential tinnitus causes3:

  • Extreme noise: both long-term exposure and sudden loud noises can be a trigger of tinnitus, as this damages the tiny hair cells.

  • Some medications: tinnitus may be a side-effect of common medicines such as antibiotics and arthritis tablets.

  • Stress & fatigue: high stress levels and a poor night’s sleep combined may increase the severity of tinnitus.

  • Hearing loss: having to strain to hear may raise tinnitus levels.

  • Caffeine: tea, coffee, colas and chocolate may increase the severity of tinnitus, along with food and drinks containing quinine.

  • Smoking: may create tinnitus by restricting the blood flow through your ear canal and limiting the supply of oxygen.

  • Alcohol: red wine and champagne are particularly well known for setting off tinnitus.

  • Ear infections: certain ear conditions such as Menieres Syndrome may have tinnitus as one of its symptoms.

Is there a Tinnitus cure?

There is no tinnitus cure, however there are variety of tinnitus treatments that may help manage and take control of tinnitus, reducing the impact tinnitus may have on your life, to the point where it may no longer be a problem for you. As the severity and symptoms vary from one person to another, it is essential that treatments for tinnitus must be personalised to your hearing needs. One of our most recommended tinnitus treatments may be a hearing aid, as they can be customised with sound therapy and can effectively decrease the perception of tinnitus for up to 80% of people4

Sound therapy is a helpful tinnitus remedy for managing tinnitus, listening to different and carefully selected sounds may assist. Our hearing healthcare clinicians, can help to customise your hearing aids to your tinnitus needs and preferences.

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1The Hearing Review, ‘Oticon Survey Shows Effects of Tinnitus on UK Respondents’, 2nd February 2018

2Tinnitus Australia, 2018.

3Mayo Clinic Staff. Mayo Clinic. [Online]. Available: Diseases and Conditions Tinnitus

4Smith, J. Current Trends in the Treatment and management of Tinnitus, Better Hearing Australia 2018.

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