What 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 has also been described by those experiencing it as a hissing, buzzing, whistling and roaring, leading many to seek tinnitus treatment in Melbourne from a specialist clinic.
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, severer cases can be extremely disruptive, making it difficult to concentrate. This in turn can cause anxiety, depression, sleep disruptions, relationship stress and even employment challenges.
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. There is currently no cure for tinnitus, but it can be prevented by the use of adequate hearing protection. A tinnitus specialist can also offer a range of strategies to help you manage the condition.
Victorian Hearing’s Tinnitus Management Program
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 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, 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 treatment options. While there is no cure, it is possible to manage the condition, particularly its psychological aspects. Our specialist 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 manage your tinnitus in your daily life.