When you work in a field where you’re exposed to constant loud noise, such as manufacturing, construction or even live music, you become increasingly susceptible to significant hearing degradation or even complete loss. You might also experience a ringing sensation in your ears when there’s no external sound to account for it. If you’ve experienced this sensation yourself and haven’t yet sought help for it, there’s a chance you might be suffering from tinnitus. The specialists at Victorian Hearing have a wealth of knowledge and experience providing tinnitus therapy, allowing you to enjoy a much better quality of life. Make an appointment at one of our Melbourne clinics today.

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What EXACTLY IS TINNITUS?

Tinnitus is a condition that affects the auditory system, causing sufferers to hear a persistent sound when no external sound is present. Because of its subjective nature, the perceived sound can differ between sufferers. While often characterised as an unpleasant ringing in the ears, tinnitus symptoms have also been described by those experiencing it as a hissing, buzzing, whistling and roaring, leading many to seek tinnitus retraining therapy in Melbourne from a specialist clinic.

What ARE THE FIRST SIGNS OF TINNITUS?

The first (and subsequent) tinnitus symptoms can include:

  • Ringing, pulsating, buzzing, whistling or hissing in the ears
  • Losses in concentration
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sensation of fullness in the ears
  • Stress
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches

CAN YOU SUDDENLY GET TINNITUS?

The condition can occur at any age, and is usually brought on by exposure to excessive noise levels. It can also occur as a result from the natural ageing process, as well as a side effect of certain medications and head injuries. Listening to music through headphones at a loud volume can also cause damage that leads to tinnitus.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY TINNITUS?

An estimated 20% of the population is thought to suffer from tinnitus. While some cases are mild enough to allow sufferers get on with their daily lives without tinnitus therapy, more severe cases of tinnitus symptoms can be extremely disruptive, making it difficult to concentrate. This in turn can cause anxiety, depression, sleep disruptions, relationship stress and even employment challenges.

CAN YOU CURE TINNITUS?

There is currently no cure for tinnitus, as the noise causes irreparable damage to the sound-sensitive cells of the cochlea, a spiral-shaped organ found within the inner ear. However, it can be prevented with the use of adequate hearing protection. A specialist can also provide a range of strategies for tinnitus relief, such as tinnitus retraining therapy, enabling you to be able to manage the condition with ease.

HOW DO YOU TEST FOR TINNITUS?

If you’re affected by tinnitus, or suspect you may be suffering from it, Victorian Hearing can help. We provide patients with a comprehensive tinnitus treatment and management program, designed to educate sufferers of all aspects of the condition. During the two hour program at our Melbourne clinic, our friendly and experienced audiologists will establish a full case history by asking relevant questions. We’ll then conduct a full diagnostic hearing test to determine the extent of your tinnitus symptoms, before trying to diagnose the pitch and volume of the sound that you’re experiencing. After testing is complete, we’ll discuss the results with you and suggest tinnitus therapy options.

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VICTORIAN HEARING’S TINNITUS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

While there is no cure, it is possible to learn how to manage the condition with tinnitus retraining therapy for the psychological aspects. Our specialists can also offer advice on how to live with tinnitus, including how to overcome your fears, obey the do’s and don’ts of the condition, and manage sleep.

If you would like to learn more or arrange for an appointment at one of our convenient clinic locations in Melbourne or Geelong, including Melbourne CBD, contact Victorian Hearing today. Our friendly audiologists can teach you how to effectively achieve tinnitus relief in your daily life.