What is Tinnitus?
Quite simply, tinnitus is the perception of sounds—often described as ringing, buzzing, humming, roaring or whistling – that are not present in the external environment.
The term tinnitus does not refer to a single disorder, but rather describes a collection of symptoms that may have a number of different causes. Each person’s tinnitus experience is unique, and very real. Chronic tinnitus can be so intrusive that it affects a person’s work, family, and social life. It can interfere with sleep, make it difficult to concentrate or to relax, increase sensitivity to loud sounds and can lead to anxiety and depression
How many people have Tinnitus?
17-20% of Australians suffer from some degree of tinnitus. For most people, tinnitus is a mild annoyance and may be temporary. However, more than 1 to 2 percent of the population experience severe, chronic tinnitus.
Because tinnitus can be a symptom of a more serious condition, a tinnitus assessment will help to ascertain if referral to an ENT Specialist is required.
What causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be caused by a variety of factors and each individual case is unique. Tinnitus can occur in the auditory system as a result of hearing loss but is not limited to this as a cause.
Tinnitus can arise from exposure to loud noises, certain types of drugs and medication, middle ear infections, other disease processes, acute stress or other reasons.
In a small proportion of cases, tinnitus arises from a serious pathologic condition that requires medical or surgical intervention.
Is there Help for those with Tinnitus?
However, depending on the cause and nature of the tinnitus, which can be established through a comprehensive Tinnitus Assessment, the appropriate treatment will be recommended.
Until recently, the only available options were treatments that addressed the symptoms (such as anxiety) and not the root causes of tinnitus. Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment is the only TGA approved medical device to treat Tinnitus that has been clinically and scientifically researched and addresses the underlying neurological basis of tinnitus.
The Neuromonics Tinnitus Treatment:
- Reduces symptoms quickly - Many patients enjoy some relief almost immediately.
- Treats the cause - Addresses underlying neurological causes of tinnitus.
- Significant long-term relief - Relief lasts, even long after the treatment ends.
- Convenient and non-invasive - No medication or surgery required. It supports your body's own natural mechanisms to block out tinnitus symptoms.
- Clinically proven - Shown to be effective for 90% of suitable tinnitus cases as demonstrated by 15 years of clinical studies and in general clinical practice.
Specialist Hearing Services is an accredited Neuromonics Service Provider and has participated in national studies to demonstrate the treatment’s effectiveness for ex-servicemen.
The three different levels of treatment available:
The Oasis, Haven and Sanctuary.
The premium product from Neuromonics. The Oasis is fully customised for each user’s audiological and tinnitus profile. The Oasis has been shown to provide long term reduction in tinnitus disturbance in numerous clinical trials. The dual phase treatment program is unique to Oasis and has been shown to provide superior results
The Haven is a single phase, fully customised device from Neuromonics, which delivers a precisely engineered music stimulus allowing the user to experience relief when they need it most. The customisation allows the wearer to listen to the signal at significantly lower volumes than a standard music player.Sanctuary
The Sanctuary targets immediate relief for the mild to moderate tinnitus patient. The Sanctuary is designed to offer situational relief whenever it is required. The Sanctuary is pre-programmed with 3 common profiles seen in tinnitus patients.