Relaxation and distraction techniques are beneficial in helping to manage Tinnitus. The British Tinnitus Association has information on available therapies and support groups.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the sensation of hearing noises and sounds that are not actually there. These sounds are generally explained as a buzzing or a ringing sound and can be intermittent.
Often associated with hearing loss, Tinnitus can be caused by infections or blocked ears. Once this has been treated, the Tinnitus tends to disappear. Sometimes Tinnitus can continue after the underlying cause has been treated – in which case therapy can help relieve symptoms.
Age-related inner ear change and exposure to loud sounds are the most common causes of Tinnitus.
Tinnitus therapy can be arranged at your local hospital’s Audiology Department. Mr Kirkland can arrange referrals either privately or through the NHS. He works closely with a number of local therapists.
Specialist Tinnitus clinics can offer relaxation training, counselling, psychotherapy and stress management to help change your body’s reaction to Tinnitus.
Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT) uses counselling to help suppress or reduce the sounds for individual sufferers.
Some tinnitus sufferers benefit from tinnitus maskers and hearing aids.