Do you have Tinnitus?
Have you ever left a nightclub or a concert and been aware of a ringing, whistling or hissing noise in your ears?
Perhaps you are aware of sounds in your ears or your head when the world around you is quiet, like when you are trying to fall asleep? If so, you have experienced Tinnitus. At any one time around 10% of the population experience tinnitus and it can be experienced at any age.
The experience of Tinnitus varies from quiet background noise to quite disturbingly loud noise. It can be intermittent or continuous, temporary or permanent, easy to ignore or quite distressing. Most patients with tinnitus experience an acute phase of distress when the tinnitus is first detected, followed by an improvement over time. For a small number of patients, the distress is ongoing, and more specialist support can be helpful.