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Hi, I have tinnitus, is there any help or a cure to be had please?

Hi, I have tinnitus, is there any help or a cure to be had please? Regards Keith

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The answer

Tinnitus is the term for hearing sounds that come from inside your body, rather than from an outside source.

It is usually described as a sensation of ringing in the ears, however, people can report hearing whistling, buzzing, humming and grinding.

There’s currently no one cure for tinnitus so treatment focuses on daily management of the condition.

Without knowing the exact cause of your tinnitus it is slightly difficult to know which treatments could help. Common causes include; a build-up of wax in the ear, a middle ear infection, glue ear, or a perforated eardrum. All of these conditions can be treated.

More rare causes include otosclerosis – this is an abnormal bone growth in the middle ear, Menieres disease, and finally inner ear damage.

It would be a good idea to chat with your GP who will be able to perform a thorough examination of your ear and a detailed assessment in order to identify the cause of your problem.

If necessary they will also be able to refer you to an ENT – Ear Nose and Throat doctor who will be able to aid in both diagnosing the problem and recommending a treatment that may help.

Treatments vary according to the cause of the problem, from simply removing ear wax to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which can help to manage living with the condition.

Further reading

NHS factsheet – Tinnitus