Tinnitus treatment and management
What is Tinnitus?
If you are reading this, you probably already know what tinnitus is. It is a constant or intermittent, ringing, or buzzing sound in one or both ears. It has been described as crickets or cicadas, and when it occurs in the lower frequencies, it can sound like the thumping wind-noise you get when driving with a window down. Anyone who suffers from tinnitus knows how disruptive to normal life it can be. When it starts it might only be in the quiet moments, like lying in bed at night, but we know it can become loud and disturbing. Fortunately there are ways to ease the burden of tinnitus.
Can it be treated?
The condition is caused by spontaneous brain activity in the regions dedicated to hearing. It often occurs because the areas in the brains responsible for hearing, are not being sufficiently stimulated (frequently because of hearing loss). Without something to keep the cells busy, they fire off by spontaneously, resulting in brain activity that you can ‘hear’. There are other things which can cause tinnitus too. These will be screened for as part of your assessment. Treatment is varied but can involve reacquainting the brains listening centres with the constant low-level background noise of normal life. This provides relief to the sufferer in two ways. Firstly, it acts as a distraction from the specific tinnitus sound, and secondly, it retrains the offending brain cells to do what they are meant to do, instead of misbehaving!
Our principal Audiologist and founder Penelope Woods, BMus, MAudS, MAudA (CCP), has an active interest in tinnitus and continues to complete many hours of professional development annually in this specialised field. Our tailored management program provides professional advice and counselling as well as tools and techniques for immediate and long-term relief. With appropriate treatment and counselling we have helped patients reduce the effects of tinnitus.
There is no magic cure for tinnitus, however most people can have their tinnitus reduced or eliminated through appropriate counselling and management. Contact us to book your personal tinnitus consultation.
“I can’t really speak highly enough of these guys. Penny and Damien are attentive, thorough, understanding and accommodating… and very friendly to boot! They’ve helped me make such a great change in my life.” – Steve, Chandler QLD 4155