Tinnitus is the name given to the sensation of noises not audible to others, with no external source. Tinnitus can be described as ringing, buzzing, pulsing or rushing. The noise may be heard in one or both ears. Tinnitus is very common in all age groups.
Tinnitus is not an illness, it is a symptom generated by your own auditory pathways. The cause of tinnitus is not always known.
Sometimes tinnitus can be very distressing, but most sufferers can learn to manage through self-help. Consulting your doctor may reassure you regarding any general health advice.
Most people find that their tinnitus worsens when they are tired or stressed. Practise relaxation techniques. Keeping your mind active also helps you to forget about the noises, but don’t overdo it. If your tinnitus seems louder at quiet times, it may help to introduce another noise like soothing music to mask out the tinnitus.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy
A full regime of Tinnitus Retraining Therapy is needed by a minority of those troubled by tinnitus. We have two trained staff, who provide this service within Forth Valley. Please seek an ENT referral from your GP in the first instance, if you think you require this. Existing hearing-aid wearers may contact their audiology department directly for advice.