For those suffering from tinnitus Mr Khemani outlines the key causes and how it can be treated effectively.
Friday 20 October 2017
Tinnitus describes the symptom of hearing noises such as ringing, whistling or buzzing in the head. An estimated seven million people in the UK have experienced tinnitus at one time or another. Tinnitus can be described as subjective (heard only by the affected individual) or objective (noises also heard by others).
Tinnitus is more common among people who suffer from hearing loss, although it can affect anyone. It is also possible to have significant hearing loss without any symptoms of tinnitus. Other causes of tinnitus include exposure to loud sound, the side effects of some medications, the effect of head trauma or ear infections. Stress and anxiety can also impact on the severity of tinnitus.
There is currently no cure for tinnitus but there are a number of different treatments and techniques that can reduce the symptom severity and improve an individual’s quality of life. Treatment options include the use of a hearing aid (in individuals with a co-existing hearing loss), sound therapy using other forms of sound and a form of cognitive behavioural therapy known as tinnitus retraining therapy. The British Tinnitus Association (www.tinnitus.org.uk) provides an excellent and easily accessible resource for those suffering with tinnitus including up to date information on treatment options.
Mr Khemani is a private ENT Consultant working in Surrey and Sussex.