tinnitus and tinnitus treatment

Nobody else can hear it – but you hear it all the time. It’s a ringing, buzzing or humming noise playing in your ears, and it’s exasperating. The aggravating ringing in your ears called tinnitus can be managed.

GET ADVICE FROM A HEARING CARE PROFESSIONAL
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom arising from a range of underlying causes. 

Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors, some of them not under your control, such as simply aging. Tinnitus has also been associated with ear infections, earwax and sensory nerve disorders. 

Most often, tinnitus is caused by repeated exposure to excessive loud noise.

TINNITUS TRIGGERS IN EVERYDAY LIFE

Some days your tinnitus may be worse than it is on other days.

That could be because you are tired, stressed, or your system is low on resistance due to other factors such as illness.

Smoking, drinking alcohol or coffee can also cause your tinnitus to flare up.
WHAT MAY AFFECT TINNITUS?
Lot of different things can trigger tinnitus, but it is most often caused by loud noise that damages the delicate cells of the inner ear. Alternately, stress, high blood pressure and even excessive earwax can set off tinnitus.


LOUD SOUND
Whether it’s a great concert or a plane taking off, exposure to loud noise can damage your hearing.


STRESS
Stress from difficult life circumstances can affect your entire body, including your hearing.


ALCOHOL
Excessive use of alcohol and quinine water, found in the ‘tonic’ used in many mixed drinks, can trigger tinnitus.
SMOKING
Smoking narrows the blood vessels that bring oxygen to the sensory cells of your ears. 


MEDICATION

High doses of aspirin and NSID pain relievers are a known trigger for tinnitus, as are some antibiotics and anti-depressants.


SALT
High blood pressure can increase tinnitus symptoms, so people with tinnitus should cut down on salt.


CAFFEINE
Coffee, dark tea, cola, and energy drinks all contain caffeine, and people with tinnitus say eliminating them helps control tinnitus.
HOW CAN I MANAGE TINNITUS?

if you suspect that you may be one of the many faces of tinnitus, your first step is to undergo a professional evaluation.


Counselling with an experienced hearing health care professional trained in managing tinnitus improves your chances of success in regaining your quality of life.


The effects of tinnitus can often be minimised by a combination of counselling and sound stimulation.
TINNITUS TREATMENT
Widex Zen Therapy can help you reduce stress, sleep difficulties, and overcompensation by the brain because of hearing deficits.

ZEN program is just one of the four parts of Widex Zen therapy.

Zen Program is a highly original hearing aid feature that has been shown in a clinical study to be a promising tool for tinnitus relief.
HEARING AIDS AND TINNITUS
Many people with tinnitus also have some hearing loss, so the sounds generated by their nervous system in the form of tinnitus seem very loud.

By amplifying natural environmental sounds and the sounds of nature, a hearing aid can make the unpleasant ringing of tinnitus less prominent.

The patented Zen Program is available exclusively in Widex hearing aids.

WHERE DOES THAT NOISE IN MY EARS COME FROM?

What you’re hearing is sounds generated by your nervous system, or by your brain.

When you have hearing loss, your brain sometimes overcompensates by creating its own ‘background noise.’

Most people suffering from tinnitus have some form of associated hearing loss with the nerves involved in hearing. Some forms of tinnitus can also be related to muscle movements near the ear, or problems with blood flow in the face or neck.

On its own, however, tinnitus is not a sign of a serious medical problem.

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