What tinnitus is:
Tinnitus is the name given to any kind of noise heard in the ears or
head. Different people hear different noises: banging, whistling,
humming, buzzing, cracking and ringing - to name but a few. It may
seem to come from one ear, both ears or from inside the head, and
can vary greatly in volume. The precise cause of tinnitus is not
known. However, it is nearly always associated with some kind of
damage to the hearing pathway, which can be put down to a number of
reasons such as, noise exposure, infections, genetic disorders, and
general wear and tear. Tinnitus can affect anyone whose hearing has
been damaged to any degree, from those with little or no hearing
loss to those who cannot hear at all.
What tinnitus is not:
Tinnitus is not a disease in itself but a symptom or side effect,
usually of damage to the hearing. Very, very rarely does it have a
sinister cause, and it is certainly not a sign of insanity!
- Our purpose is to give support and information to those who have tinnitus.
- We try to provide the medical profession with information so that they are more able to help their tinnitus patients.
- We also support research into this condition.
Why the Birmingham group was set up:
As yet there is no medical cure for tinnitus, and for this reason it
needs to be managed from a therapeutic angle. Information, advice
and support are the best medicines for tinnitus, and belonging to a
group is one way of receiving a regular dose!