There are a number of conditions associated with hearing loss and one we get a lot of at free hearing tests in our branches is tinnitus.
The symptoms of this are, essentially, that you hear regular ringing noises in your head and it's a common problem in the UK, with seven million Brits suffering from the condition.
If you experience this ringing sensation then it will either be a short-term issue caused by a potential blockage or a short burst of loud noise, which will usually go away.
If not, then it's probably a case of irreversible damage and unfortunately there are no cures for this.
However, there are ways and means to make things that bit easier and it's not something that's worth getting overly upset about. You won't, contrary to popular belief, start to lose your mind because of the constant ringing and you won't become a social recluse either.
While there may not be any out and out cure for tinnitus, there are areas where you can help yourself out a little bit.
Primarily, call in to Leightons and see the experts. We've treated countless cases of hearing loss so we'll be able to offer plenty of advice on how to cope with the issue and make your life that bit easier.
It makes it all the more important that you protect your hearing to begin with because, this is really the best way of ensuring you don't have problems further down the line.
If you work with loud noises regularly then use hearing protectors and if you go to loud gigs and performances, ensure you use ear plugs.
It may not be the ideal way to enjoy a gig but, in the long term, it will ensure you have the best chance of avoiding tinnitus in later life.
Whatever your hearing concerns, pop in to a Leightons branch and we'll offer you the benefit of our years of expertise.