Tinnitus is an abnormal sound that is heard in either one or both ears. This sound may be constant or it may appear intermittently. It is a relatively common condition which can be a source of frustration, pain and even depression for people who suffer with it.
There are several myths and theories about tinnitus due to its complex nature. As a result there is a delay in the sufferers’ attempt to seek professional assistance. Only 10% of people seek medical attention for their tinnitus. However, a medical consultation is always recommended to rule out any significant medical condition. This is because tinnitus has been associated with several conditions including noise damage to the ear; age related hearing loss; conditions of the ear such as Meniere’s disease or tumours; and side effects of certain medications. The majority of people with tinnitus also have some degree of hearing loss as it is a symptom typically related to some damage along the hearing system. However, it is also common for people with normal hearing to have tinnitus. While, there is currently no cure for tinnitus, there are several management options to reduce the frustration and the effect that tinnitus may have on communication.