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The 7th – 13th February 2022 brings us Tinnitus Awareness Week. Are you aware of tinnitus, the key facts and methods of treatment? Read on to hear all of the above from Consultant Audiologist, Dr Elizabeth Adesguba.
Some people suffering with tinnitus describe hearing a ringing, buzzing or whistling noise where there is no external noise present. The sound could be in any form and at any level of intensity. It could be constant, intermittent, occasional or even pulsing. Tinnitus is a lot more common than people think. It is said to affect 10-15% of the general population, hence why awareness is so important. There are many possible causes of tinnitus, but it is often related to auditory dysfunction and 60% of sufferers have some level of hearing loss.
Some other interesting facts include 70% of tinnitus sufferers are said to be male and a swedish Gothenburg study found 12% of normal hearing children have tinnitus.
The most effective methods of treatment for tinnitus are; the use of hearing aids (where a hearing loss exists), or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which helps to identify and modify unhelpful behaviours, thoughts and emotional responses to tinnitus.
If you believe you’re suffering with tinnitus, or any other hearing problems, it is important to be appropriately assessed. Book in to see Dr Adesugba today. Simply complete the contact form here or call 01442 331 900.
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