Tinnitus is a ringing or similar sensation of sound in the ear or head without an external sound present. It is not a condition in itself but a symptom of an underlying condition such as a food allergy; oxidative stress; age-related hearing loss; ear injury; a circulatory system disorder or trauma of the ear (excessive sound like a gunshot; night club or prolonged exposure to noise) to mention a few.
People at any age can be affected – men more than women.
It is important to seek professional help to exclude any serious medical condition. Your first step is to undergo a full audiological evaluation. Based on the outcome, specialised counselling with a team approach should be followed in the management of tinnitus. Treatment options may include:
- Recommendation of a quality antioxidant. BioArmor’s antioxidant formula boosts the immune defences and helps with a wide range of conditions, including tinnitus, joint pain, balance disorders and general health. BioArmor was developed in the USA and is available from all Ear Institutes and leading audiologists.
- Sound Therapy – counterbalance the tinnitus sound with a comforting sound stimulus with mixed results.
- Hearing aids – naturally mask tinnitus and are a very effective treatment method with a very high success rate.