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Tinnitus, a tinnitus that can be treated!
Tinnitus with treatment has a solution. This constant noise, also called tinnitus, can lead to problems such as sleep disorders, anxiety or depression, so it is essential to consult hearing experts such as Centro Auditivo Sontec to assess the situation and seek treatment. Because this tinnitus with treatment has a solution, if you don't believe it, read on.
What is Tinnitus
Tinnitus is a very annoying sound heard inside the ear that is not caused by an external source. They usually consist of ringing, buzzing, ringing or high-pitched or low-pitched noises that can be heard temporarily or chronically and are worse when the sufferer is surrounded by absolute silence.
This problem, little known by the general population, affects around four million Spaniards, according to the Spanish Society of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery (SEORL-CCC).
Tinnitus cases are usually, but not always, related to hearing loss and can also cause serious problems such as sleep disruption, stress, anxiety or depression.
However, as experts explain, tinnitus is not a disease in itself, but a symptom of other ear pathologies, such as hearing loss.
Therefore, there are many treatments that can be tried to help you live with tinnitus. We'll take a look at them below, so don't be discouraged - this tinnitus is treatable and solvable. But just before we look at some facts about the prevalence of tinnitus.
Tinnitus: its prevalence
Here are some facts about the prevalence of tinnitus:
- Approximately 15% of the population suffers from tinnitus.
- Many people report experiencing "normal" tinnitus, called transient tinnitus (typically lasting less than a minute) that goes away on its own.
- Most people with significant tinnitus report that it is constant, although many report that it fluctuates from day to day or is influenced by various external factors such as exposure to noise, stress, fatigue, etc.
- On average 10 - 20% of people with tinnitus seek medical help.
- Research indicates that 70-92% of tinnitus sufferers show some degree of hearing loss in tests, although approximately 60% of them do not believe they have hearing loss.
- The most common factors associated with tinnitus are: noise-induced hearing loss, presbycusis and Ménière's syndrome.
- The prevalence of tinnitus (but not its loudness) is related to the degree of hearing loss.
- Tinnitus sufferers report that their tinnitus impacts their hearing (39%), concentration (26%) and sleep (20%).
Millions of people around the world suffer from tinnitus, but fortunately not all of them require extensive professional care. As a result, there will be some treatments that work and others that don't.
Tinnitus: treatment and solution
One of the most commonly used treatments for those lucky people who do not have negative reactions to tinnitus is to be helped with a relaxation process and to improve their hearing loss with hearing aids.
As hearing aids cannot perceive the hum or whistle that each individual hears, they have a built-in bank of sounds of the sea, a waterfall, a breeze or any white noise, the frequencies of which often coincide with those of tinnitus.
Another treatment is called TAS therapy (Sontec Tinnitus Therapy), a programme that targets the three main components of tinnitus distress: hearing, attention and emotion.
This programme is carried out in the Auditivo Sontec centre in collaboration with the Psychology Centre Vivae Psychologists in Fuengirola to offer this multidisciplinary therapy in the treatment of tinnitus and its psychological consequences.
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