Tinnitus…not just in your head!
Have you or your loved one been told just to get use to the annoying buzzing and ringing in your ears? Have you been told, there is nothing to be done and you just need to learn to live with it?
You do not have to, as there are reliable and evidence-based treatments available to those disturbed by their tinnitus. If you are seeking help, please contact our clinic to book a comprehensive evaluation. We guarantee to take your concerns seriously in a friendly and respectful environment.
Approximately 15% of people experience tinnitus. For people over 55 this number increases to 30%. For many people tinnitus is a minor irritation and maybe only temporary. Typically, tinnitus starts as a result of hearing loss. Some causes of hearing loss include exposure to loud noises, taking certain type of drugs and medication or middle ear infections. In a small number of cases tinnitus may require medical or surgical intervention.
For some people that have tinnitus, another part of the brain (the limbic system) attaches an emotional response to the tinnitus. This response happens on an unconscious level and once is “hardwired” it requires intervention in order to unwind it. The level of intervention corresponds to the level of reaction to tinnitus. Unconscious reaction to sounds is very common. Our brains are actively responding to the environmental sounds even as we sleep. For example, some people can sleep through while their baby is crying, and some wake up to the slightest sound their baby might make.
Tinnitus can cause stress and anxiety response in the body, through the autonomic (reflexive) nervous system. This nervous system controls involuntary processes in the body such as heart rate and breathing. Hence your reaction to tinnitus maybe completely involuntary and irrationally high. Similar to your inability to control your distress if you are put in a situation where you previously experienced severe anxiety and your body learned to respond that way (i.e. driving by a place where you had a car accident, exams, public speaking). You might have been told to relax but you cannot help how you feel and react. You may also feel guilty that you are not able to control your reaction which further exacerbates your distress.
In our clinic we offer full and comprehensive tinnitus assessments and tinnitus relief recommendations based on the latest clinical research and guidelines. Our clinic is the only clinic on the Sunshine Coast which is able to provide such comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans.
Those are specifically tailored to your needs and level of distress. Among many things we consider your hearing levels, your reaction questionnaire scores, your lifestyle and medication. We managed to provide successful treatment to number of patients and will refer you onto other professionals if more comprehensive approach is needed.
Main thing to remember is that tinnitus is a symptom not a disease in itself. Similar to pain. Pain is a symptom of something going wrong in your body.
We are experienced in hearing care and tinnitus relief providing quality care which is affordable, and evidence-based. We are able to provide and fit a diverse range of hearing instruments from leading manufacturers like Phonak, Unitron, Signia, Hansaton, Starkey, Resound, Siemens, Sennheiser and others.