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What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is an annoying and potentially devastating condition for which there is no medical treatment. The breakthrough by Sound Therapy International has enabled thousands to triumph over this terrible condition and recover hearing health, inner peace and harmony in a non-invasive, pleasant and highly beneficial way.

How does Sound Therapy help tinnitus?

Sound Therapy activates auditory pathways in the brain, helping to normalise the way we perceive sound. This re-mapping of our auditory landscape helps to reduce the repetitive firing of certain neural pathways associated with tinnitus.

The middle ear contains two tiny muscles, which play an active role in the functioning of the ear. Lack of tone in these muscles means that the ear loses its ability to recognise certain frequencies of sound, so these sounds never reach the inner ear. The ear’s ability to adjust and balance the fluid pressure in the inner chambers is also impeded if the stapedius muscle is not fully functional.

The Electronic Ear used in the recording of Sound Therapy challenges the ear with constantly alternating sounds of high and low tone. At the same time, low frequency sounds are progressively removed from the music so the ear is re-introduced to high frequencies. The result is a rehabilitation of the ear, improving the tone and responsiveness of the middle ear muscles. Once the ear opens to high frequency sounds, the sensory cells in the inner ear can be stimulated and it is theorised that they may be restored to their upright, receptive position.

Sound Therapy helps tinnitus sufferers in the following ways:

  • Rehabilitation of the ear, resulting in the reduction or stopping of the tinnitus in many cases.
  • Improves sleep
  • Reduces stress
  • Improves energy levels and the ability to communicate, thus encouraging the person to take up activities and stop focusing on the tinnitus.

Living with tinnitus

According to the Tinnitus Association, approximately 18% of the population has tinnitus (ringing in the ears) at some time in their lives. Tinnitus can be loud or soft, intermittent or permanent. Tinnitus may begin as a ringing that persists for a few hours or days after a loud concert and then subsides. Tinnitus may be brought on by one incident of exposure to loud noise, by years of noise abuse, by an illness, an operation, stress or environmental toxins. The tinnitus sound can be anything from ringing to buzzing, hissing, rustling, clanging or roaring.

Constant, severe tinnitus is one of the most psychologically stressful conditions a person can suffer from. The effect of tinnitus on a person’s life may include stress and anxiety, insomnia, reluctance to attend social events and go into noisy environments, reduced work performance, social isolation, depression and in severe cases even suicide.

Tinnitus is always an indication that there is a functional problem with the ear or the sound processing system. It is a signal that you need to do something about your health. It is advisable to seek treatment that is supportive and life enhancing rather than ignore the condition.
What causes tinnitus?

There are various theories about what produces the experience of tinnitus. Some of the most accepted ones are as follows:

  • Hyperactive brain cells repeatedly firing to produce the experience of sound
  • Damage to the sensory cells in the inner ear, which receive sound
  • Congestion or imbalance of fluid in the inner ear chambers

Factors which cause tinnitus to develop are: exposure to excessively loud or prolonged noise, certain prescription drugs, ear infections, misalignment of the jaw.

Acoustic Neuroma

In rare cases, tinnitus can also be caused by an acoustic neuroma, a tumour on the auditory nerve. Your doctor may recommend that you have an MRI to rule this out. Once you have ruled out acoustic neuroma you can start looking for other solutions.

 

How can I avoid getting tinnitus?

Obtain a list of drugs known to cause tinnitus (from the Tinnitus Association in your State) and avoid taking them. Always wear hearing protection if you are exposed to loud noise. There is lots more information available in the book Triumph Over Tinnitus by Rafaele Joudry. Available in good bookshops. Or get the e-book version instantly with our compliments. Just click on the picture of the book on this page.

My doctor said I have to live with it.

Many doctors will give this advice, as there is no medication or surgical treatment for tinnitus.  Unless you have a condition that can be helped by syringing the ear, your doctor may tell you that there is no way to relieve your tinnitus. However, audiologists and others who specialise in  tinnitus treatment are now aware of many useful treatments for tinnitus. Most tinnitus specialists now recommend some form of sound therapy in conjunction with counselling and cognitive retraining.

If you would like to learn more about how Sound Therapy could help tinnitus, and other related conditions, please request our best selling eBook “Triumph Over Tinnitus” in the side bar to your right.