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Tinnitus is commonly heard as ringing, hissing, buzzing, clicking, roaring or cicada like noises. Tinnitus can develop suddenly or gradually, and is experienced by most people at some point - especially in very quiet surroundings.

For some people, tinnitus can be distressing and affect quality of life. Stress, fatigue, very loud noise, silence or hearing loss can aggravate tinnitus.

Tinnitus can be common for people who also experience decreased sound tolerance or sensitivity to everyday sound levels or noises.

There are distinct sound tolerance difficulties that may occur alone, in combination with, or alongside tinnitus. It is important to identify sound tolerance difficulties in order to manage them effectively.

Common practices used to manage tinnitus can include:

  • Education about the auditory system through basic anatomy and physiology
  • Identification and discussion of tinnitus and/or sound and noise-related concerns
  • Hearing loss intervention
  • Sound Therapy
  • The role of sleep and stress management and relaxation

Other management tools and treatments are available, but you should consult with your doctor or audiologist first.