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Hearing management

Question
Posted by: namib | 2004/10/12

Q.

tinnitus

Is there anything at all that can be done for the ringing in the ears,but since i started wearing a hearing aid in my left ear it seemed to quiten the ringing sound,but as soon as i remove the aid it comes back.
thanx

Expert's Reply

A.

Hearing Expert

Dear Namib

I am very happy to hear that you find the benefit of the hearing aid for the tinnitus in your left ear. In my personal opinion, hearing aids have always been one of the most effective ways of dealing with tinnitus. A few recommendations that i can give you is:
- where the hearing aid as often as possible
- consider a hearing aid for the right ear
- almost make sure that you are in a sound environment for example; put soft music on in te background, or use a fan. Sound in your environment masks the sounds that you are hearing in your ear
- a healthy lifestyle and enough rest always helps
- there are a lot of things that can make tinnitus worse. I will list a few, try to avoid these: caffeine, smoking, stress, alcohol, certain vitamin deficiencies, certain medication etc.

There are also some medication and treatments that are believed to help for tinnitus. The first step is to find out what is causing the tinnitus. Consult a Hearing care professional [GP, Audiologist or ENT specialist] they will be able to look at your individual case and make suggetions.

Please feel free to write again if you require any further information. You are also welcome to e-mail me at izabelle@widex.co.za if yuo require any referrals in your area.

Regards
Izabelle Pieterse

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Posted by: Hearing care | 2004/11/01

Dear Namib

Great advice you are giving the readers, i completely agree with you

Izabelle

Reply to Hearing care
Posted by: namib | 2004/10/20

Hi there,
thanx for the nice reply and info.I do wear my hearing aid most of the time,but a few weeks ago my ears became so sore i could not even touch them,a visit to the gp told me i had some infection in both my earswhich resulted in leaving the aid out of my ear for a prolonged period of time and is actually much better now.It also seems that earbuds creates more problems than i thought, so i try not to clean to deep which i always did.To other readers please refrain from cleaning your ears with a earbud.The wax is supposed to fall out by itself.

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