It’s not uncommon to experience hissing, humming, buzzing, whistling or even voice-like noises in your ears when no such external noise is present. Commonly referred to as ‘tinnitus’, these sensations are usually fleeting, but for some they are persistent and highly problematic.
Tinnitus can be a symptom of a broader medical condition, such as Meniere’s disease, but most commonly indicates that you have some hearing damage. Damage may have been caused by infrequent exposure to dangerously loud sounds or repeated exposure to moderately loud sound. Sometimes it only takes one encounter with extreme sound to create enough damage to cause tinnitus.
Tinnitus responds to some treatments, but can otherwise be managed so it is not such a problem. High quality hearing aids – that sound comfortable and don’t distort sound – can help people with tinnitus in several ways:
Your GP may refer you to an audiologist who may intercept a serious health issue or find your tinnitus is a simple case of ear wax blockage.
A hearing aid usually helps quell tinnitus, but doesn’t always solve the problem. If tinnitus is a major issue for you it can be beneficial to investigate sound therapy or seek assistance from a specialist audiologist or a psychologist who specialises in tinnitus.
Our audiologists are available to talk you through your options. Book a Tinnitus Consultation by visiting our clinic page or call 03 9008 6371.