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Tinnitus assessment and management

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What does tinnitus sound like?

The sounds of tinnitus vary from one person to another. And the sound each individual experiences can vary from time to time. The charity Action on Hearing Loss (formerly the RNID) has produced a sound file, created on a music synthesiser that recreates some of the typical sounds that sufferers experience.

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Tinnitus and hyperacusis

We undertake comprehensive tinnitus and hyperacusis assessments which enable us to offer tinnitus management programmes. Customised to individual needs, these may include information counselling, sound therapy and relaxation advice.

There are two types of tinnitus – the sounds heard vary from person to person, but they always come from inside your body, rather than an outside source.

Tinnitus is the name for sounds heard in the ear(s) or head that don't come from an external source.

Subjective tinnitus is the most common type of tinnitus, where only the person who has tinnitus hears it. It's usually linked to problems affecting the hearing pathway – a complex filtering system that allows you to ‘tune in’ to sounds that have meaning to you and ‘filter out’ sounds that don't.

Most people describe subjective tinnitus as a ringing, hissing, buzzing, roaring or humming sound.

Objective tinnitus is very rare. It is the raised awareness of a sound within the body such as blood flow or muscle activity in or around the ear.

Some people hear a rhythmical or pulsing noise that may beat in time with their heart. This is known as ‘pulsatile tinnitus’. It’s related to a change in blood flow in the blood vessels in, or near, the ears, or increased awareness of that blood flow.