Is There a Cure for Tinnitus | Tinnitus | Leightons Opticians and Hearing Care

Feb 07, 2020 in Hearing Care

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Tinnitus is often described as a ringing in the ears, but this phantom sound can also manifest as buzzing, clicking or humming that sounds as if it’s from an internal source, rather than an external sound source.

It can be high-pitched and persistent, or mild and intermittent, and can develop gradually or suddenly. With no discernible pattern, those who experience tinnitus can perceive it in one or both ears at varying pitches, making it extremely frustrating to live with.

It affects around 13% of the UK population and can impact both concentration levels and sleep patterns.

Can Tinnitus Be Cured?

Despite being a relatively common affliction, science has yet to discover how to stop tinnitus, which means it cannot be cured.

Some of the possible causes include age-related hearing loss, an ear injury or earwax build-up. In some cases, exposure to persistent loud noises can also cause ringing in the ears, either temporarily or long-term.

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The good news is that there are several ways to manage tinnitus, reduce its intensity and live more comfortably. It is important to explore various approaches to find a combination that works for your specific situation. In a hearing test, an audiologist will ask various questions to better understand your circumstances, such as whether you hear sounds in one or both ears, how frequently and at what pitches.

Discover how to stop tinnitus from impacting your quality of life:

1. Hearing aids

Hearing aids are one way to manage tinnitus. Many modern hearing aids, like the Oticon Opn, include a function that can help your brain tune out of tinnitus sounds.

2. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT focuses on mental disciplines to help reduce negative feelings and anxiety and can ultimately help make tinnitus less noticeable.

3. Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT)

TRT uses sound generators to help habituate the brain to different sounds and how they are perceived. The goal is to reduce the sounds of tinnitus by prioritising the way we process them.

4. Sound Enrichment Therapy

Sound Enrichment Therapy uses repetitive natural sounds, like the sound of crashing waves or soft rain, to mask tinnitus sounds.

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Discover tinnitus treatment and relief options that work for you. Book a hearing test online or call us on 0800 40 20 20 to book your free tinnitus consultation or hearing appointment, today.