What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be caused by many different things, and it may not always be possible to identify the exact cause of your tinnitus.
However it is often caused by hearing loss in both older and younger sufferers. As you age your hearing naturally degrades making the nerves less sensitive. In younger people it can be as a result of damage through loud noises.
Other causes include ear infections, a build-up of ear wax, a perforated eardrum or Ménière’s disease.
Tinnitus isn’t caused by stress but if you already have tinnitus, stress can make it more noticeable.
Types of Tinnitus
There are 3 main types of tinnitus:
The most common is where you hear a range of noises that do not have any external source – only you can hear them. The noises vary from person to person but could include ringing, buzzing or whistling and can be in one or both ears.
Some people have musical hallucinations as part of their tinnitus. This type of tinnitus is usually experienced by people who have had hearing loss for a longer period. It can be triggered by new medication or by stress.
The third type is known as pulsatile tinnitus which is where you become excessively aware of the pumping of your blood around your body.
Symptoms & Effects of Tinnitus
Tinnitus can have a negative effect on your enjoyment of life. A number of commonly reported complaints are:
– Inability to fall asleep due to tinnitus noise
– Inability to focus especially in quite environments
– Pain and sensitivity in noisy environments
– Inability to hear properly and join in conversations
– Feelings of isolation, anxiety and depression
Types of Tinnitus Treatment & Costs
In most cases tinnitus treatment focuses on helping reduce your symptoms and helping you manage it day to day as there is no cure for tinnitus. The only time this is not the case is if it is caused by an underlying health condition such as wax build up or hearing loss that can be treated and may result in your tinnitus stopping.
Many people begin with cheap and easy remedies and solutions that they can trial for themselves. Some examples include having a radio or TV on to reduce focus on tinnitus noise or using a sound generator. Other people find relaxation techniques, support groups and cognitive behaviour therapy useful.
But often tinnitus sufferers don’t get relief from these, and are left searching for something to help. Often these treatments can only be carried out in clinics or private hospitals and can cost thousands of pounds.
However there is now a clinically proven tinnitus treatment that you can use at home – the TinniTool Ear Laser which uses low level laser therapy to regenerate damaged cells in just 15-20 minutes per day.
And this is available at a significantly lower price than other advanced treatments. In the table below we’ve compared TinniTool with these alternative treatment options: