Tinnitus is a term used for the sensation of hearing a sound in the absence of any external sound. Symptoms of tinnitus include hearing different types of sounds such as ringing, whooshing or buzzing - these can be continuous or they can come and go.
About 30% of people will experience tinnitus at some point in their lives, and the number of people who live with persistent tinnitus is approximately 13%.
It is important that we take this seriously - The British Tinnitus Association have predicted that the number of people living with hearing conditions is set to increase by more than 550,000 over the next 10 years.
Tinnitus is caused by ear infections. If you use earplugs or hearing aids, make sure you keep them clean.
Don't put things in your ears - not even cotton buds as they can cause infections.
If you find yourself in loud areas on a regular basis, especially when at work, wear ear plugs or defenders.
Mandatory ear protection is required where the noise exceeds 85dB, however, the HSE advise that hearing protection is required for areas that exceed 80dB.
LEARN TO SWITCH OFF
Tinnitus can sometimes start when you are feeling stressed or under pressure.
Positive coping mechanisms that may help include, taking regular breaks at work, frequent exercise and a good sleep routine.
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