Posted on: November 21, 2019

Up to 15 percent of Canadians experience chronic tinnitus, and about half that number find it persistent enough to be annoying or difficult to deal with. Tinnitus is the perception of sound in the ear or head. It can take on many forms, such as ringing, pulsing, sizzling, crickets, and many more. For some people it is one constant sound, while for others the type of sound and the intensity vary.

So what causes tinnitus? Noise exposure, wax blockage, drugs that are toxic to the auditory system, and viruses are some of the most common causes. If you experience chronic tinnitus the first step would be to book a hearing assessment to determine the cause and proper treatment. The good news is that, except in the rarest of circumstances, tinnitus is not a sign of a serious condition. However, it can be very annoying for people who experience it.

What can be done about tinnitus? Treatment focuses on managing the condition through a combination of life-style changes, sound therapy and counseling. Although there is no cure, a combination of these methods are quite effective at improving the quality of life for people with tinnitus, bringing it to a point where it is no longer a daily annoyance.

For more information on tinnitus, or to book an assessment please contact Accurate Hearing at one of our convenient locations:

Lower Sackville: 902-252-3004

Cole Harbour: 902-406-4327