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Tinnitus Awareness Week, You're Not Alone

01st, Feb 2021

The first seven days of February is Tinnitus Awareness Week and in honour of this we wanted to discuss the common misconception of this common problem.

Many of us perceive Tinnitus as a constant ringing in the ear and a severely debilitating condition, however, did you know, Tinnitus itself is not actually a condition but is the symptom of underlying conditions such as age-related hearing loss, injury to the inner ear or depression and anxiety?

Alongside a ringing in the ear, can actually consist of a wide range of varying sounds. These can include:

  • The buzzing of insects, like crickets
  • A running engine
  • Grinding metal
  • Wind or a fan
  • The hissing of a teakettle

'Tinnitus is very common and is reported in all age groups, even young children. About 30% of people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives but the number of people who live with persistent tinnitus is approximately 13% (over 1 in 8). Tinnitus is more common in people who have hearing loss or other ear problems, but it can also be found in people with normal hearing.' - Information on Tinnitus

Whilst this may make it sound scary, there are plenty of ways you can take to to help reduce the effects. 

Below is a list of simple steps that can help to relieve the symptom of tinnitus:

  • Yoga or deep breathing exercises can help to calm your mind and body and relieve the intensity of the sounds.
  • Finding ways to improve sleep like a new routine without screens and limited caffeine can reap big benefits.
  • Finding new hobbies to distract you from the noise can help take your mind off it.

However, if you continue to struggle with tinnitus despite trying home therapies, it’s important to see a professional to help identify possible causes of it.

At Kingsbridge Private Hospital we have a dedicated ENT Department with world class consultants and specialist surgeons available.

Our dedicated team provide world class care during your initial consultation and, if needed, post-treatment as well; helping you continue on with peace of mind.

To book a private appointment with an expert consultant today, you can do so via our Online Booking Portal or by calling our Booking Enquiry Team on 028 9066 7878

Our Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Sligo can also facilite ENT appointments. Should you require further specialist advice, please contact 071 916 2649

For more information on how you can get involved and help raise awareness for Tinnitus Research, you can visit the
 British Tinnitus Association

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