Tinnitus is a term for noises heard in the ear, ears, or in the head, where no obvious sound source is apparent. Typically people describe the noises they perceive as ringing, whistling, buzzing, humming or hissing. Tinnitus is not a disease or illness, but a symptom which can be brought on, most commonly, by a change in hearing, but can also be triggered by an emotional or physical change not related to hearing. Some people are able to push their tinnitus into the background and for them, it is not a problem. However, for some people, tinnitus is intrusive and difficult to tolerate. This is particularly so if the person does not know how the tinnitus is produced.
We provide patients with information and counselling on tinnitus management. Patients can be referred to Audiology by their GP if they are over 18 years of age and do NOT have any of the following;
A difference in hearing between each ear
Tinnitus described as a cracking, popping, clicking or pulsating noise
Persistent pain or discharge affecting either ear
Dizziness or vertigo
British Tinnitus Association: tinnitus.org.uk