What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus – from the Latin verb “to jingle” – is an involuntary sound perception originating inside the head. In about 80-85% of cases, tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss, but it can also be caused by exposure to loud sounds, accidents, ear infection, aging or stress.

Tinnitus is as individual as you are
It can be:
• A buzzing or ringing in the ears
• A hissing or roaring sound
• High-, low-, single- or multi-toned
• Occasional or constant

The tinnitus vicious cycle
Tinnitus can trigger negative emotions. Often the severity of your reaction depends on your perception of the sound. If it’s negative, you’re likely to have a negative emotional response. When you do, it can make your brain pay more attention to the tinnitus. And a cycle begins that affects your nervous systems. Anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression and poor concentration can occur, all of which reinforce the vicious cycle.

You can break the vicious cycle
Informed counselling and acoustic therapy, can bring you significant relief. Your emotional response to the tinnitus changes and in time your nervous system responds differently.