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Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

Understanding Tinnitus
Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound in the absence of an external sound source. It is commonly known as a head noise, ear noise, ringing in the ears. About 15% of people experience tinnitus symptoms. 

Tinnitus is a noise that lasts at least 5 minutes. Shorter episodes of ear noise that goes away are considered normal and experienced by most people. Tinnitus sounds are described in many various ways: crickets, wind, dripping water, buzz of fluorescent lights, pulsating tones, hissing, buzzing or ringing in the ear.

The intensity of tinnitus varies and can change over time: from “a background noise heard in quiet”, to “so loud that is heard over external sounds”.

**85% of patients with tinnitus have a hearing loss. Fitting hearing aids improves communication and reduces listening effort and can also provide relief from tinnitus.

Tinnitus Treatment
Tinnitus TreatmentThe diagnosis of tinnitus requires a comprehensive medical examination, covering a review of medical history, physical check-up and audiological evaluation, including tinnitus assessment tests.

The first step towards relief from tinnitus is visiting a General Practitioner (GP). An ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist) consultation may also be required.

Currently there is no approved drug specifically to cure tinnitus. Most treatment options concentrate on relieving the symptoms and making the tinnitus less distressing.

Common methods are based on enriching the sound environment, via hearing aid fitting or providing additional sound sources (noise generators, sound libraries), that direct attention away from tinnitus. These are typically complemented by some form of counseling.

Therapies may also incorporate educational elements like relaxation techniques and psychological therapy, or alternative treatment such as acupuncture.

Hyperacusis is defined as an over-sensitivity to sound and is often associated with tinnitus. 

Everyday sounds that are considered normal to most people would be unpleasant to a person with hyperacusis.

Treatment of hyperacusis is focused on rebuilding sound`s tolerance, through listening to soft sounds and increasing the volume overtime.

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Hearing Aid with Tinnitus Balance - The link between tinnitus and hearing loss is strong, with four out of five tinnitus clients also experiencing hearing loss. In many cases tinnitus can be managed simply by fitting hearing aids. 

That is why Phonak provides the Tinnitus Balance Portfolio with Audéo Q at its core.  READ MORE