Hearing management

Posted by: ChrisJ | 2009-01-24



I have this singing in my ears - probably from working in the pits (for car racing) and doing pit lane duty during the 60' s and 70' s. It was diagnosed as Tinnitus (or whatever the spelling is) and I was told I have to live with it, as there is no cure. Is there any new development regarding a cure for this?

Expert's Reply


Hearing Expert

Dear Chris

You have the correct term - Tinnitus. There are a lot of possible causes for it - a few possibilities are: noise exposure, medication, alcohol, hearing loss, vitamin deficiencies, smoking, certain diseases, blood pressure etc. The important thing in treatment is to find out the cause of the problem first. It is possible that it might be the continued exposure to noise in the pit. I would recommend that you start with a full hearing evaluation by an Audiologist. If you don't know of one in your area, then please mail me and i will gladly refer you (izabelle@widex.co.za). The treatment for tinnitus varies a lot but the audiologist will discuss the options with you. Remember the basis of all treatment possibilities will be a healthy lifestyle - have a balanced diet, enough rest, enough exercise and enough relaxation. Avoid loud noise, high stress levels for prolonged periods, alcohol and smoking. If you also have a hearing loss combined with your tinnitus then hearing aids are a wonderful and nowadays, very advanced and discreet option. Please remember to use hearing protection at all times if you are in environments with high noise levels - the rule is: if you have to raise your voice to be heard, then there is a possible risk for noise damage if you are exposed for prolonged periods.

Please let me know if you have any further questions or need additional information

Kind regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Anonymous | 2009-04-29

Are there many types of tinnitus and can some be cured

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