Have you ever found that you can hear a faint ringing, humming or buzzing sound, even though your surroundings are quiet? Perhaps you've come home from a music concert or nightclub to find that your ears are still ringing hours later.
If either of these scenarios are familiar, you might have tinnitus, a condition characterised by hearing phantom sounds.
World Tinnitus Day has been established to help raise awareness and increase people's understanding about the condition. Coming up on April 18, 2019, now is the perfect time to get your tinnitus sorted so that you can find relief.
How many people are affected by tinnitus?
It is important to understand that people experience tinnitus in different ways. For some, their symptoms will be constant, causing distraction and frustration, while for others the condition will fluctuate, sometimes being hardly noticeable.
According to the Journal of Clinical Nursing, just over 14 per cent of the world population will experience tinnitus at some point in their life, equating to millions of people around the globe*.
On a local scale, the Victoria government's Better Health Channel states that up to 20 per cent of Australians could be living with tinnitus*.
What can we do to treat tinnitus?
While some people may believe that there is nothing that can be done to treat tinnitus, this couldn't be further from the truth. There are a number of strategies to help alleviate symptoms, including mindfulness, meditation and tinnitus-specific hearing devices.
"Steps can be taken to treat or alleviate tinnitus in many cases, including medication, surgery, hearing aids to amplify external sounds and mask the tinnitus or distraction techniques, such as TV and radio," explains ear nose and throat surgery specialist, Mr Nigel Padgham*.
If you know someone who is battling with ringing in their ears, or believe that you may have tinnitus, click here or call 1800 340 631 to request an appointment with your local Audika clinic.