Pulsatile Tinnitus, General Tinnitus Symptoms and Tinnitus Cures
Tinnitus is defined as the perception of sound in the absence of an external sound source. Tinnitus can manifest as a variety of different sounds; however, it is commonly described as ringing, buzzing, or whooshing, present in the ears or head.
Tinnitus Symptoms and Causes
There is no single identifiable cause for tinnitus however, there are many conditions it is commonly associated with. Hearing loss of any degree is the most recognised caused of tinnitus.
When hearing loss occurs, the brain is deprived of the external stimulation it requires to interpret noise. To compensate, your brain searches for sound internally, picking up on the subtle neural activity and interpreting these sounds as significant. This is what causes the sounds that are typically associated with Tinnitus. The brain perceives the tinnitus symptoms as threatening and then begins paying more attention to them. It can be a constant noise or, like with pulsatile tinnitus, the sounds can be intermittent.
Hearing aids can reduce the impact of tinnitus and tinnitus symptoms. They do this by improving your brain’s ability to hear sounds and reducing your level of stress when trying to listen to sounds, which can make the tinnitus or pulsatile tinnitus less noticeable.
Another condition commonly associated with tinnitus is stress. Both emotional and physical stress is known to trigger common or pulsatile tinnitus. The inverse relationship is also true, the greater the amount of stress you are under, the more you aware of the tinnitus sounds.
It is important to note that tinnitus is not usually a sign of anything overtly medically concerning and tinnitus sounds can be heard in situations when there is no permanent damage to the ears.
When to See an Audiologist for Tinnitus Symptoms
Tinnitus sounds can cause distress, which is very common, and in most cases, there is no tinnitus cure. For many people, it can be debilitating and has a significant impact on their quality of life causing concentration difficulties, sleep disturbance, avoidance of quiet or loud noises and difficulty relaxing.
If you relate to any of the above, our dedicated team of tinnitus audiologists would like to meet with you. They will develop a personalised management program specific to your individual circumstances, helping to reduce the negative impact tinnitus has on your quality of life.
Take this quick quiz to see if you need to have a tinnitus appointment and to determine whether or not you have pulsatile tinnitus. If you answer yes – we will contact you to get a better perspective of how your tinnitus symptoms are affecting you, then arrange an appointment with a specialist tinnitus audiologist. If you didn’t answer yes, but you are still suffering, we would recommend you start your hearing journey with a hearing assessment that can determine the best pathway for you.
What to Expect at Your Assessment for Common or Pulsatile Tinnitus
Your appointment will begin with your audiologist working through your completed questionnaires and conducting a detailed case history. The subjective tinnitus measures help your audiologist thoroughly understand the impact your tinnitus symptoms have on you, your significant others and your lifestyle.
You will then be guided through a comprehensive hearing assessment to assess the function of the hearing pathway as well as additional measures specific to your tinnitus. Using the cross-check principle between the assessments, our audiologists can identify gaps in your hearing and potential contributing factors that may be maintaining your tinnitus awareness which may correlate with the quality and nature of your tinnitus.
Once the assessment is completed your audiologist will work through the results with you. The discussion involves education and counselling on the mechanisms of your tinnitus and you are provided with strategies to help reduce your level of tinnitus symptoms.
Lions hearing clinic takes a very holistic approach to tinnitus cure management and this may include a referral to our partnered tinnitus psychologists.
Strategies to Support Your Tinnitus Symptoms
It is very common for tinnitus to be more intrusive in quiet environments. Many individuals with distressing common or pulsatile tinnitus experience some degree of sleep disturbance. By introducing sound into your environment, you are actively reducing the contrast between the tinnitus and the silence and therefore the tinnitus is less stark. It is also recommended you engage in activities that you enjoy and this untimely reduces your levels of stress.
Is there a tinnitus cure?
A) we want to stress the importance that whilst the tinnitus may not be completely eliminated, habituation is a process that can and routinely does occur with appropriate management. Therefore, the impact on your quality can be greatly reduced.
Can your audiologist measure my tinnitus?
A) Our audiologists are trained to evaluate your tinnitus symptoms through a comprehensive audiological assessment and subjective measurement. They use an evidence-based approach to tinnitus management.