tinnitus

Tinnitus

Ringing, buzzing, hissing or roaring. The sensation of sound inside your head can take many forms.

What is tinnitus?

Tinnitus is a sensation of sound generated inside your head that only you can hear. Some people experience it occasionally, while for others tinnitus is with them constantly.

Tinnitus can have a major impact on people’s daily lives, including stress, anxiety, anger and sleep loss. Tinnitus has many causes and more than 80 % of people with tinnitus also experience some degree of hearing loss, though many are not aware of this. For some, treating tinnitus with hearing aids can help them feel that the tinnitus is no longer as dominant.”

What causes tinnitus and how does it affect me?

Tinnitus is a symptom, not a disease – there are many possible causes. Inside the ear are tiny hair cells that convert the sounds you hear into signals the brain can understand. If some of these hair cells are damaged, the brain receives fewer signals. Some research suggests that our brain tries to compensate for the missing signals by producing a new sound in their place. However, this does not explain why people with presumably normal hearing can also experience tinnitus. This fact and others indicate that the cause of tinnitus is related to brain processes, not just the hair cell damage in the hearing system.

There are many reasons why hair cells may be damaged – common causes are the natural aging process, exposure to loud sounds or sudden impact noises. However, tinnitus can also be caused by a reaction to certain medicines, neck or head injuries, or other untreated medical conditions.

How does tinnitus affect me?
Some people can ignore their tinnitus most of the time. For others, however, the symptoms can become so disturbing that a proper night’s sleep is impossible. A negative cycle can begin, causing tinnitus to take centre stage in everyday life. Consult a physician or hearing professional if you are experiencing the symptoms of tinnitus.

Hearing aids that have Tinnitus SoundSupport™

  • tinnitus-alta2

    Alta2

    A high-quality hearing aid that can be customised exactly to your preferences

  • tinnitus-nera2

    Nera2

    Mid-level hearing aid with superior sound quality and many options for personalisation.

  • tinnitus-ria2

    Ria2

    Essential solution with excellent sound quality and options for personalisation

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Relief sounds right when you need them

With the Tinnitus Sound App you can select soothing relief sounds right when you need them.

Finding the right relief sounds is a matter of personal choice. Choose from different sound types, and decide which give you the best results. You can also add sounds from your music library, so you can have everything in one place, ready to go.

Organise your sounds
With the app, you can organise sounds and create a practical sound plan that works for your life and your tinnitus. What kinds of sounds are helpful varies from person to person.

Download the Tinnitus Sound App

 
Download Tinnitus Sound App for iPhone  Download Tinnitus Sound App for Android 

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Compatibility

Oticon Opn and Oticon ON App are compatible with iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th and 6th generation). Devices must be running iOS 9.3 or later. The app also supports Apple Watch. When downloading the Oticon ON App on iPad, search for iPhone apps on the App Store. Oticon ON App is compatible with devices powered by Android™ 6.0, Marshmallow or above.  

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