Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes. When you suffer from tinnitus, you perceive certain sounds that are generated by the nervous system of the ear and brain. The cause of tinnitus is not fully known and at present no medical treatment exists that can cure it. The sounds are often characterised as hissing, ringing, buzzing, humming or the like.

A large variety of methods exist to deal with tinnitus, the most common being the use of hearing aids or various sound generators, various types of psychological approaches, therapies etc. Widex offers hearing aids with a Zen system which can aid in the management of tinnitus.

Tinnitus symptoms

Tinnitus involves the annoying sensation of hearing sound when no external sound is present. Tinnitus symptoms include these types of phantom noises in your ears:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Roaring
  • Clicking
  • Whistling
  • Hissing

There are two kinds of tinnitus.

  • Subjective tinnitus is tinnitus only you can hear. This is the most common type of tinnitus. It can be caused by ear problems in your outer, middle or inner ear. It also can be caused by problems with the hearing (auditory) nerves or the part of your brain that interprets nerve signals as sound.

  • Objective tinnitus is tinnitus your doctor can hear when he or she does an examination. This rare type of tinnitus may be caused by a blood vessel problem, an inner ear bone condition or muscle contractions.

Tinnitus and stress

Suffering from tinnitus can be stressful and this in turn can make it worse. So stress reduction is a vital element in effective tinnitus management.

Many people use music for relaxation and stress relief without ever thinking about it. In fact, music has a great influence on our body and psyche. Whether a certain piece of music is stressful or relaxing depends on a range of factors; for example, loudness and volume and sudden changes in pitch or tempo, and personal preferences and tastes.