Advice & support
Tinnitus can greatly impact a sufferer’s quality of life, with approximately half of adult patients finding their experience of tinnitus moderately or severely distressing. Specific complaints include intrusive emotional stress, insomnia, depression, auditory perceptual problems, and concentration problems. Children may report difficulty hearing, problems with sleep, difficulty with attention and concentration at school and at home, and anxiety and emotional issues.
In many cases, tinnitus is associated with hearing loss, whether due to the natural ageing process or noise exposure - either industrial or recreational. However, factors such as stress, depression, smoking, sleep deprivation, high-volume earphones, drinking alcohol, medication side effects, and even caffeine can all have an impact.
At Claritas Hearing, our hearing specialists are trained to give you the best advice if you or a loved one are experiencing tinnitus.
How you can protect your hearing and prevent tinnitus
Currently, there is no cure for tinnitus, but there are many ways to manage the symptoms and reduce the impact. Here are some preventative measures you can take:
- Lower your music volume
- Take regular breaks
- Wear ear protection
When listening to music, especially through headphones, don’t ramp up the volume to block out other external sounds. Your ears adjust to the levels you listen to, so if you listen to music loudly, you will want to keep listening to it loudly. If you turn the volume down, it might seem too quiet at first, but your ears will gradually adjust. If you aren't sure how loud to listen, get a friend to stand by you when you have your headphones on. If they can hear what you can hear, then it's too loud.
If you are in a noisy environment, take regular breaks by stepping outside, or into a quieter room. By taking some time out to let your ears have a rest, you will find that you can handle sustained loud sounds more effectively.
Frequent, prolonged exposure to loud noise increases the risk of developing or worsening tinnitus, so take care to avoid very loud sounds and, where possible, protect your ears with ear protection equipment.
More information and advice on Tinnitis
There are many reasons why people experience tinnitis and protecting your hearing is the first line of defence