What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the awareness of a sound that only you can hear, such as a buzzing, ringing, whistling or pulsing sound. The sound has no external source, so other people are not aware of it. This sound is heard 'internally' in your head or ears.

Tinnitus is not a disease or an illness. It is known to be produced in our auditory pathway (between our ear and brain). Although the exact cause is not completely understood it is thought to be related to some hearing deficit. Your hearing therapist can go through this with you.

Why am I seeing a Hearing Therapist?

If you are reading this leaflet then you may be feeling that your tinnitus is a problem. Our aim is to provide you with information to help you manage your tinnitus, so that it becomes less important and less obvious to you.

There are no 'quick fixes' in the management of tinnitus. Progress is steady and your Hearing Therapist will support you throughout this process.