PHRASES YOU MAY HAVE HEARD?
“Live with it”, “there’s nothing you can do”, “it will go away on its own”.
This is the sort of advice given years ago, when little was known about Tinnitus and unfortunately this is still the perception today. Times have changed and a significant amount of research into the condition has led to a much better understanding of its causes and consequently how best to manage it.
Some people are able to live with their tinnitus without any real impact on their daily lives, however for 5% of the adult population tinnitus can drive them to distraction.
Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness. It is triggered by a mental or physical change and it is therefore vital that you inform your GP who may then decide to refer you to an Ear, Nose and Throat Consultant. They will confirm or rule out any medical reason for the tinnitus.
Whilst there is still no cure for tinnitus there are many effective treatments available.