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Tinnitus, the unpleasant ringing that can make sufferers ill

In this article we will try to explain what Tinnitus is and how it can become a disease for people who suffer from it. Read on to find out more.

Tinnitus or tinnitus

The word tinnitus derives from the Latin verb tinnire, meaning to sound. This is because the experience of tinnitus is that of "a conscious perception of sound in the absence of an external auditory stimulus", i.e. a constant sound without an emitting source, which can be simple (a single tone or noise, often high frequency and shrill) or complex (multiple perceptions) and can vary markedly from moment to moment.


Although the word tinnitus is now commonly used, it has been observed that, in some languages, a variety of terms are used to describe the experience, always with negative connotations, such as buzzing, hissing, ringing or unpleasant noises. Not surprisingly, according to a study published in 'Frontiers in Neuroscience', the code "internal distress or irritation or intrusion" prevailed in the vocabulary of participants who experienced tinnitus.

Several of these terms have onomatopoeic qualities, in the sense that the word resembles the sound experience it describes. Each of the words beginning with tin have a high frequency and shrill quality. As such, the vocabulary of tinnitus can have different interpretations regarding its characteristics, severity and the distress this phantom sound can cause.

In any case, consideration of this terminology can help to understand patients' experiences.

Tinnitus, sufferers

It is estimated that between 12% and 30% of the adult population may suffer from this condition although the prevalence of more severe and annoying tinnitus is lower, reaching 5% in adults and 3% in children.

Although not always associated, in most cases this problem is accompanied by hearing loss and can also lead to serious problems such as sleep disorders, stress, anxiety or depression.

However, there is currently no cure for tinnitus and treatment is based on assessment and sound therapy.

Professional help

It is therefore vital to seek professional help at the first sign of symptoms in order to analyse the situation and determine the appropriate treatment for each patient.

Sontec Hearing Centres are equipped with the latest technology in electromedical equipment and testing and evaluation procedures.

These independent clinics located in Fuengirola and La Cala de Mijas provide answers to all hearing-related problems thanks to professional, personalised attention and the most advanced technology.

When it comes to hearing aids, SONTEC works with the world's leading hearing aid manufacturers such as Gn Resound, Phonak, Oticon, Signia and Rexton, among many others.

In addition, the centres are staffed by highly qualified audiologists and hearing care professionals, registered in Spain and the UK, who take care of all the hearing health needs of their clients.

They also collaborate with the Junta de Andalucía and the Andalusian Health Service, as well as with several organisations in the UK.

For more information:

Sontec La Cala de Mijas 

Plaza del Bulevar, 26 B, 29649 Mijas | +34 952-467-675

Sontec Fuengirola

Calle Hermanos Pinzón 4, Edificio Florida II, Local 9ºA, 29640 Fuengirola | +34 952 667 402

info@sontec.es | https://sontec.es

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