Tinnitus affects approximately 17 to 20% of Australians. If you've noticed a ringing in your ears or a change in your hearing, reach out to our friendly team about what you can do next.
Alternatively, book an appointment for a free hearing test today!
Tinnitus most commonly develops in the inner or middle ear. Damages or changes in your inner ear causes certain sounds to be transmitted to the brain more faintly. Your brain responds to this by "turning up the volume" on sounds your ear is having difficulty hearing. When tinnitus occurs in the middle ear, it is often the result of a damaged eardrum.
Research is still being conducted into how the noise develops but in most cases tinnitus is caused by:
Excessive strain on your hearing by loud noises is the most common trigger of tinnitus. Those who have regularly been in a noisy environment (workplace noise, traffic, loud music or machinery) for years are at much higher risk of tinnitus.
Studies have shown that those affected by acute hearing loss and tinnitus have more frequently been under severe stress than those without.
If you experience a trauma to your ear, head or neck this can cause tinnitus to develop.
Tinnitus may be a side effect of certain medication. These include specific pain and arthritis medications, remedies for malaria and certain antidepressants may trigger the symptom of tinnitus.
Infections or inflammation in your ear, diabetes, Ménière’s disease, chronic emotional stress and other illnesses have been linked as causes of tinnitus.
As you age or if experience hearing loss the functionality of your ears change. This can cause people to experience tinnitus.
Depending on the type and severity of your tinnitus treatment may include:
If the noise in your ear lasts longer than 24 hours, seek the advice of a hearing professional.
If the ringing in your ear is impacting your quality of life, we recommend getting a hearing test.
If you are concerned at all about your hearing book in for one of our free hearing tests.