Tinnitus is often described as "ringing in the ears", but people will experience different types of sounds including; buzzing, hissing, chirping or something like wind, or gurgling water. Some people will also experience different sounds at different times and even different sounds in each ear. If you are suffering from tinnitus, you are truly experiencing those sounds, but they are internally generated and not due to any external sound source. The severity of the sounds will vary widely across sufferers. People often are a bit scared when they first experience tinnitus and fear it has a serious underlying medical condition. Usually there is no serious underlying medical condition. However, we always recommend you check with your physician, or GP and take their advice on having your situation checked by a hearing & tinnitus specialist such as an Audiologist, or an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist.
Tinnitus usually indicates a problem in the auditory system which could have been caused by many different things:
International surveys have consistently reported that between 5% and 20% of people worldwide suffer from tinnitus. It is more common in men than women, and the rates increase as we get older.
At this stage there is no "miracle cure" for tinnitus, and we are certainly not claiming we can help everyone, nor saying we can cure tinnitus. However, our 15 plus years of clinical experience has shown that the methods available from this website can help improve the quality of life significantly for 80% or more of people who suffer from frequent tinnitus.
The goals of therapy are to improve your ability to:
It is useful to use the Tinnitus Tunes website to increase your basic understanding of what tinnitus is and what are the most common causes of tinnitus. We also believe you can obtain significant benefit from becoming a member, or helping a family member or friend become a member.
However, we always strongly recommend you also involve your physician, or GP in any medical matters. It is important to eliminate any risks that tinnitus is linked to an underlying medical condition. Your physician, or GP may recommend you also consult with an Ear, Nose & Throat (ENT) specialist, or with an audiologist that specialises in the assessment and treatment of tinnitus.