We understand that your tinnitus can be distressing and impactful on your life – inhibiting ability to sleep, concentrate and perform day-to-day tasks. That’s why we’re such firm believers in providing the right treatment. However, the first step is understanding the condition.
Why do I have tinnitus?
There are multiple possible causes for tinnitus. These include:
• Loud noises
• Constant exposure to noise
• Head or ear injury
• Medication side effect
• Ear disease
• Hearing loss
Why does it make that sound?
Tinnitus changes the communication signals going from the ear to the part of the brain where sound is processed, known as the auditory cortex. This means that some parts of the brain do not receive signals the way they should. The noise causes permanent damage to the sound-sensitive cells of the cochlea, a spiral-shaped organ in the inner ear.
Everyone hears something different
In the vast majority of cases, tinnitus is a sound you hear in your ears, that doesn’t exist outside your body. It could be:
This sound can be in one ear or both ears, and it can be intermittent or constant. It can also pulsate or be variable in its sounds and/or volume. In very rare cases, others can hear it.