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Tinnitus

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the sensation of sound in the ears or head without actual acoustic stimulation. In majority of the patients tinnitus is not related to any other known disease. In some patients tinnitus may be related to disorders of the auditory system.

What to do?

If you have tinnitus you should see an ENT specialist in order to assess and treat the underlying cause of your tinnitus. If your tinnitus persists to be a problem, then you should seek help from a specialist audiologist for therapy.

What is the therapy?

People often benefit from various forms of therapy that help them to learn alternative ways of cognitively reacting to tinnitus which will modify the emotional disturbances caused by their tinnitus. This makes it possible for tinnitus percept to fade away to the background instead of being in the centre of the attention.

What is the success rate?

Recent research conducted by Hashir and his colleagues which is published in the American Journal of Audiology (2018) showed that on average patients who received tinnitus-focused cognitive therapy shown significant reduction in their tinnitus loudness from 7 (tinnitus loudness on a 0 to 10 scale) to 5 (tinnitus loudness on a 0 to 10 scale). Moreover, on average, the impact of tinnitus on patients’ life significantly improved from 60% to 35%.