Tinnitus is the term used to describe the perception of sound but without the corresponding external sound.
This condition can occur in anyone of any age, even in children, and though the exact cause is unknown experts have recommended certain precautions which could reduce symptoms and the chances of it happening to you.
Vice chairman of the British Tinnitus Association and clinical scientist at Cambridge University, David Baguley, has advised individuals to take care around loud music.
“Intense sound can cause changes to the hearing system and can then lead to tinnitus. Loud music is fun but we must be careful too.” He said.
The ear is a very sensitive part of the human body, dealing with a vast range of different sound levels. Whispers measure amount 30 decibels compared to the average of 80-90 decibels in a busy bar and 100 decibels in a busy club.
Baguley says that whilst noise levels at the higher end of the spectrum are fine for around 30 minutes, anything longer than that could increase the risk of tinnitus.
For those who do suffer from this problem there are various forms of help available. Relaxation techniques and breathing techniques are great for reducing anxiety and stress, and cognitive behavioural therapy is also said to be effective.
If you have tried various methods to no avail then it may also be worth considering that of hypnotherapy, which will use a combination of relaxation and various other techniques to help you reduce your awareness of tinnitus. If you would like to contact a professional hypnotherapist, please use the search tool located on the homepage to find a practitioner in your local area.