Living with tinnitus: an online guide
Tinnitus is a hearing condition that can cause considerable frustration, confusion and irritation. It is characterised by a ringing, roaring or hissing noise in the ears that can’t be traced back to an external cause. This can be very disconcerting and disruptive for the sufferer.
Typically, tinnitus varies in intensity and can be intermittent or permanent. It can also be affected by a number of factors, including stimuli such as drinking wine or exercising. Find out more about tinnitus, such as its causes and some ways to manage the condition, with the help of some excellent online resources.
The facts about tinnitus
Tinnitus is not a disease, but it is a condition that can have a big impact on the lives of its sufferers. For a good description of tinnitus, including symptoms, causes and potential treatments, have a look at the information available from the NHS. While tinnitus is a problem that can strike at any age, it is often associated with growing older and can be caused by the natural aging process as well as a number of other factors.
There are two types of tinnitus, objective and subjective. Objective tinnitus is much less common and is characterised by noises that can be heard by someone examining the patient as well as the patient themselves. These noises are caused by muscle spasms or abnormal blood vessels. In some cases, there may be a surgical cure for this variance of the condition.
Subjective tinnitus can only be heard by the patient and is often caused by injury to the tiny hair cells of the cochlea, this damage can be caused by certain drugs, exposure to loud noises and the aging process. Learn more about the different types of tinnitus with this guide from the American Tinnitus Association.
Learning to live with tinnitus
While there is no simple cure-all for tinnitus, there are a number of ways that its effects can be lessened and the condition improved. At Action Hearing Loss, you’ll find an excellent series of resources that can help you cope with tinnitus, including a guide to the variety of treatments on offer and also hints and tips for managing the condition. The British Tinnitus Association has also put together an extremely useful collection of tinnitus support resources, including forums where you can talk to other sufferers and a list of reliable sources of information and publications.
Another very useful resource is this list of common tinnitus myths, collected by the team at Hearing Link. There is a lot of misinformation about tinnitus available and this list attempts to dispel some of the more spurious claims. For example, many people believe that caffeine can adversely affect the condition but this is not the case.
There is a whole host of support and services available for you both online and through your local doctor. If you’re having problems with tinnitus, reach out for help, support and access to potential treatments.
All content on Silversufers.com is provided for general information only, and should not be treated at all as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor or any other health care professional. Silversurfers.com will not be responsible or liable for any diagnosis made by a user based on the content on www.silversurfers.com and we are also not liable for the content of any external websites or links from or to Silversurfers to any other websites. Please always consult your own doctor if you’re in any way concerned about any aspect of your health.
Silversurfer's Assistant Editor
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Assistant Editor (see all)
- What was your favourite band from the 60s? - November 17, 2017
- Should women still change their name when they get married? - November 16, 2017
- Stay within your weekly limit for Alcohol Awareness Week - November 15, 2017
- Is ‘affluenza’ eroding our happiness? - November 14, 2017
- What decade would you choose to be a teenager in? - November 13, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!