What is tinnitus?

When you suffer from tinnitus, you perceive certain sounds that are generated by the nervous system of the ear and brain. The sounds are often characterised as hissing, ringing, buzzing, humming or the like.

Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes, it is often related to hearing loss – over 70% of people with hearing loss experience some degree of tinnitus.

Tinnitus is often accompanied by a series of common difficulties such as sleeping problems, irritation, difficulty relaxing, problems focusing on speech and concentration difficulties.

You can learn to manage these difficulties via professional counselling.

What do I do if I have tinnitus?

If you suspect that you may have tinnitus, your first step is to undergo a professional evaluation. Counselling with an experienced hearing healthcare professional trained in managing tinnitus improves your chances of success in regaining your quality of life.

Using Sound in tinnitus management

Sounds used in tinnitus management can be amplified sound from hearing aids, environmental sounds, music or noise from noise generators. Using sound in this way can help minimise the contrast between the tinnitus and the surrounding sound environment to provide relief from the annoying sound. It also aids in relaxation.

Zen – Take Control of your tinnitus

Suffering from tinnitus? Tired of being told there is nothing you can do about it? Widex has a solution. For the last 5 years Widex have lead the way in helping people with hearing loss manage the effects of their tinnitus. They have developed ZEN2GO, a tinnitus management device that plays random, soothing harmonic tones called Zen, designed to help you relax and reduce stress- both of which help with tinnitus.

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