Have you ever been sitting in a quiet room, when you notice a constant, annoying noise that you just can't ignore? For people with a certain hearing condition called tinnitus, this is a daily reality – except the noise doesn't come from any external source.
The internal humming, buzzing or ringing experienced by an estimated 17-20 per cent of Australians1, can often be associated with distress, as well as poor concentration and sleep trouble.
However, tinnitus can also vary in intensity from day to day – and researchers think they may be one step closer to discovering why.
Determining the emotional impact of tinnitus
The study, published in JAMA Otolaryngology Head Neck Surgery involved a group of 40 adults with tinnitus, who reported their levels of tinnitus-related distress over the course of six weeks.
From the information gained by the study, the researchers discovered that the stress levels, the loudness of tinnitus and how much participants were bothered by tinnitus would vary over time.
However, one of the interesting discoveries was the link between stress and tinnitus bother2, suggesting that the more stressed you are, the more you could be affected by your tinnitus.
Managing your tinnitus
Even though there is no total cure for tinnitus, it doesn't mean you should let the condition take over your life. As noted by the Better Health Channel, it's important that you consult your health professional or audiologist if you suspect you may have tinnitus.
Once you accept that your hearing has changed, and it's been confirmed that your tinnitus isn't part of an underlying medical condition, it can be a lot easier to come to terms with it1.
There are also tinnitus-specific hearing solutions available to help minimise the symptoms of the condition, as well as counselling to help you adapt to your tinnitus.
To find out more, don't hesitate to get in touch with us at Adelaide Digital Hearing Services. Our highly-trained clinicians will be able to establish the state of your hearing health, as well as suggest the appropriate strategy for you.
You can book your FREE* hearing test by clicking here, or alternately you can call us on 1800 940 982.
1Better Health Channel, Tinnitus. Accessed May, 2017
2 JAMA Network, Evaluation of Ecological Momentary Assessment for Tinnitus Severity. Accessed May, 2017