Tinnitus Explained - understanding and managing tinnitus and head noise
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For relatives, friends and colleagues
YOU can do a great deal to help by recognising, understanding and encouraging.

Individuals who have a medically recognised but difficult hearing-sensitivity condition called ‘tinnitus’ hear for all (or most) of the time continuous and/or pulsating sounds in the head. They take the form of whistles, bells, rushing, hissing, banging, humming etc. and can be extremely depressing and debilitating. It can occur at any age.

Loss of hearing (sometimes associated with age) makes the anguish worse and, sadly, many tinnitus people also have hyperacusis (even with deafness) which means they are very sensitive to some or all sounds especially loud sounds and, often, high pitched sounds. There are no specific medicines, surgery or quick cures available.

Tinnitus is particularly depressing because there is widespread ignorance about its causes, effects and treatments — even amongst medics due the lack of medical treatments. Antidepressants are sometimes suggested but are not a cure and tend to delay selfhelp procedures that do work.

No one else can hear the sound so the unending trauma cannot be shared or understood. However, it is heard by the sufferer who has great difficulty in ignoring it and explaining it even to their nearest and dearest. The problem is made worse by ill-informed advice or unsympathetic criticism however well meaning.

Unfortunately’ a quite unfounded stigma used to be attached to people complaining of head noises. Consequently, sufferers who do not understand or do not obtain relief can become withdrawn and fearful that it will get worse. It is important to recognize that tinnitus can strike anyone. Although most evident in the second half of life, it can affect all ages from birth onwards — especially sensitive souls, musicians, singers. Exposure to loud noises from industry, discos, wartime etc can cause or worsen it.

It is important for acute sufferers, who are often feel isolated, to be reassured that tinnitus need not ruin their lives. We, and many thousands of others, have been in the same distressing situation so we recall that desolate feeling and we know that a good happy life can be recovered with all the old joys and loves!!

The leaflet ‘Tinnitus Explained' will help you understand the need for your understanding and encouragement. You can then help the individual sufferer to continue, or return to, a normal active life in which he or she enjoys living with, but not suffering from, tinnitus — quite often the sounds virtually disappear — thank goodness!

Thankyou for reading these notes; we hope you do understand. We don’t want to dramatise or trivialise and, please, neither should you, but your help can make a world of difference to your loved one now and what might happen to anyone in the future.

A word to everyone — STOP REVOLVING AND LET YOUR SOUL CATCH UP! For example, sit down and watch 'River and Sea" (see DVD River & Sea). For goodness sake don't dwell on your misfortune(s)!

Don't dreadfulise or dramatise and don't trivialise. Apply commonsense and you'll be just fine in time.
Tinnitus Explained, Hull, East Yorks, UK. E-mail: hulltinnitusgroup@outlook.com
This web site is not a substitute for or alternative to qualified medical advice. A qualified medical advisor should always be consulted on any health problem.
Be very suspicious of expensive so called cures and equipment and refer them to your doctor.

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