7 Myths About Tinnitus
Myth: Tinnitus only affects people who listen to loud music
FACT: Don’t get us wrong, listening to loud music or being exposed to loud noises over time can be one cause of tinnitus but there are many other causes too! Plenty of people develop tinnitus for no apparent reason.
Myth: There’s nothing you can do for tinnitus
FACT: There is no cure for tinnitus, but there are many ways that you can manage it and reduce the impact it may cause. There are many options out there such as sound therapies, tinnitus retraining therapy and acupuncture.
Myth: Tinnitus will drive me crazy
FACT: We understand how debilitating and stressful tinnitus can be, but you CAN manage it if you put your mind to it. Find a good audiologist or ENT who will help you take the steps towards managing your tinnitus and put it in its place! :)
Myth: My ears aren’t ringing, so it must not be tinnitus
FACT: Tinnitus is subjective. Therefore, what is heard can change from person to person. It can also be described as buzzing, whooshing, whistling and many other sounds.
Myth: Tinnitus is all in my head
FACT: It is hard dealing with an “invisible illness” as no one else can hear what you can, but the simple fact is tinnitus is not all in your head and you are not imagining it. Over 300 million people in the world suffer from it so you are not alone!
Myth: Young people don’t get tinnitus
FACT: Anyone can get tinnitus. Yes, it is more common in people over the age of 40 but it is becoming more familiar in younger people too. In fact, 1 in 5 teenagers suffers from permanent tinnitus according to a recent study.