This week in the UK (3-9 February) is Tinnitus Week. Here at the Good Health Centre in Leeds, we want to do our bit to raise awareness about this often-isolating symptom that affects about 30% of people at some time or another in their lives.
Tinnitus is the symptom of an underlying condition affecting the auditory system, and is often characterised by a persistent ringing, whistling or buzzing in the ear or ears. It is not actually a problem with the ear itself, but points to an underlying condition that affects the way the brain is able to process auditory information. Tinnitus can affect people of any age, including young children. Oftentimes it will go away over time, but approximately 13% of people will suffer with the symptoms long-term.
Tinnitus is not a disease or illness, but is rather a symptom relating to some type of mental or physical change. They can include:
Many of these potential causes are, at their root, an interruption to the amount and clarity of information being sent from the ear to the brain. The brain responds by trying to get more information from the ear, and the extra information sent is the sound we call tinnitus.
Most tinnitus will go away once the underlying condition has resolved, such as the ear infection has cleared up. Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, there are several ways osteopathy might be able to help relieve your symptoms.
Think you might be suffering from tinnitus? Book an appointment with one of our osteopaths today.