Causes and symptoms
Can you hear sounds that just aren’t there? Your ears whistle, ring, hum, hiss or throb, apparently without any reason. One in two people experience noises in their ears at least once in their lifetime, and one in five people develop chronic tinnitus. The problem is that the sounds seem very real to those affected. Tinnitus is a phantom noise that is really quite difficult to deal with. What exactly is tinnitus? Does it go away on its own? Can it be cured? Or do you have to learn to live with it? You can find answers and useful tips here.
Prevention and treatment
If you suddenly hear whistling, whooshing, or buzzing in your ear, the first step is to stay calm. While tinnitus is unpleasant, it’s not a symptom of a serious illness. The good news is that tinnitus that suddenly occurs usually disappears on its own quite quickly. But what should you do if the whistling or whooshing noises in your ear just won’t go away? The most important thing is to obtain a precise diagnosis of the causes of the sound in the ear. There are various treatment options, depending on the situation.
Tinnitus can be heard as a buzzing, whistling, throbbing, hissing, roaring, cicada-like noise or ringing in your ears. It can be present all the time or only occasionally, and can vary in intensity. Tinnitus can develop gradually or suddenly. Most people experience occasional tinnitus, especially in quiet surroundings. Find out about the triggers and causes of tinnitus, and how best to cope with it.
How do we hear?
Our ears are like antennae picking up signals from different directions. The complex structures of the ear process these signals and pass them on to the brain, where they are interpreted. Therefore, for optimum hearing, it is best if both ears are fully functioning. But what exactly happens when sound waves enter the ear?
Do you think you might be suffering from hearing loss? The first step towards a better quality of life is to visit your hearing care professional. A hearing test will show if you are actually suffering from hearing loss. If you are, your hearing care professional will explain the available options. Our online hearing screening will give you an initial indication of your hearing ability.
Just like our eyes, ears play an important role in our daily lives. To hear family talk about their day, share a joke with a friend, listen to the crunch of the sand or the sound of a summer breeze – these are the sounds that enrich our lives. But hearing loss can sneak up on you, reducing your enjoyment of these precious moments. Hearing loss can be triggered by loud noises, infections and it can even be hereditary. Although hearing loss is gradual in most cases, it can occur suddenly. Fortunately, in most cases hearing loss can be improved, or even fully corrected, using a hearing aid. Find out how.
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Sudden hearing loss
One minute, everything sounds completely normal. The next, everything sounds muffled like speaking to someone on the other side of a wall — sudden hearing loss typically occurs without any warning. Therefore it's beneficial to be aware of the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of sudden hearing loss. You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions here.
Hearing and understanding: From sound to meaning
The auditory center in the brain is a biological supercomputer that never takes a break. It analyzes and processes incoming sound patterns around the clock and protects us from sensory overload.
Ear wax removal
An overproduction of ear wax or a build up of debris in the ear canal can lead to a reduction in hearing or a feeling of dull hearing. Over time, the narrow, curved ear canal can become blocked with wax, skin or debris.