Look after your Hearing!

29th January 2014 by The Lyric Team

It is Tinnitus Awareness Week (6th – 12th of February)

Tinnitus is when people hear sounds which are not present in their external environment. 

Although the word Tinnitus comes from the Latin word for ringing, the sounds people report hearing can vary a great deal from harsh high pitched sounds, buzzing, right through to musical sounds.

The exact cause of tinnitus is not fully understood.  It is not a disease, but a symptom of an underlying cause - one of which can be exposure to loud sounds. 

I am sure many of us have been on a night out where the music has been very loud and the next day we have noticed the after effects on our hearing and had some ringing in our ears.  This is caused by the tiny hair cells in our cochlear becoming tired, and can last anything from a few minutes to a couple of days. In some cases it can be permanent.

With the increase in use of MP3 players the risk of tinnitus and hearing loss is increasing in the younger population.  It is really important to do our best to look after our hearing now.  When a hearing loss becomes obvious, unfortunately the damage has already been done.

Making small changes such as turning down the volume on our MP3 players, spending less time or taking breaks in noisy places, or wearing ear plugs that block out noise can significantly reduce our risks of hearing loss and tinnitus.  Look after your hearing!


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  • Reg Dwight said, on the 7th February 2012

    Hi Katie, thanks for another very interesting read. I regularly perform live music to audiences and have direct experience of this ringing phenomenon, to the extent that I now use specially made hearing protectors. What a difference! I would advise anyone else who suffers in very noisy places to invest in some good protection, my set cost me a small fortune but they are worth their weight in gold,
  • Kenneth Bland said, on the 20th October 2012

    I am now 76 and have had tinnitus since 1988. Recently , and now at this minute my tinnitus has got a lot worse . It come in what I can only describe as "pressure waves which at the same time has the flat "zing" of tinnitus. I have tried several hearing devices hoping that it would help but even wearing a hearing aid the tinnitus is still there and not in the background. I was not caused by modern things like loud music or ipods, I don't own one of those. I was told originally that it was caused by firing guns regularly whilst I was in the RAF Regiment from 1953 to 1958. I dont know why it has got worse recently and my doctor is no help. I do not believe there is a hearing aid that would help my hearing loss which is only in my left ear, I believe, because of the tinnitus. Regards. Ken Bland.
  • Katie Webster said, on the 22nd October 2012

    Hi Ken,

    Thanks for your post. Tinnitus can be extremely distracting and its a shame that you have not found any benefit from a hearing aid.
    Usually the first step in the management of tinnitus is to treat any underlying hearing loss which may be present. Usually tinnitus is most noticeable when its quiet, and sometimes people benefit from sound therapy, which is basically a repetitive non invasive sound which can be played to distract you from your tinnitus.
    There are also many people who have received a lot of benefit from tinnitus counselling - of which there are many forms, or tinnitus retraining, where you are shown techniques to teach your brain to tune out the tinnitus sound.
    As you can see there are many different ways to approach tinnitus management, and I would recommend that you speak to a hearing professional to discuss what would be the best option for you.
    Good luck, and I hope that you find something that works for you.

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