Tinnitus isn’t a disease - it’s more a typically preventable condition of the auditory system where the sufferer experiences the sensation and symptoms of hearing ringing, buzzing, hissing, chirping, whistling, rushing or other sounds in one or both ears.
This noise can be continuous or intermittent and varies in loudness (and exasperation) depending on the patient.
Tinnitus is often caused by damage to the inner ear and/or to the part of the brain where sound is processed. This damage can trigger spurious neuronal activity which manifests itself as ‘white noise’ and ‘phantom sounds’.
“Subjective Tinnitus” (head or ear noises which are only perceivable to the patient) is the most common type of Tinnitus and accounts for over 99% of reported cases. This type of Tinnitus appears and disappears suddenly and can last between 3 and 12 months each time (although for many it never stops).
of Tinnitus sufferers also have some degree of hearing loss and the effects can be debilitating and often include:
The most common causes of Tinnitus include:
Men are more likely to suffer from Tinnitus than women as are adults over the age of 55
Approximately 10% of the UK and 20% of the US has some level of Tinnitus
1 in 200 sufferers are severely affected by it
If you suffer from Tinnitus then you are part of an exclusive club who’s VIP members include:
Chris Martin - Debbie Harry - Steve Martin - Pete Townsend
Ludwig van Beethoven - Jeff Beck - Gerard Butler
Neil Young - Ozzy Osbourne - Eric Clapton - Phil Collins
William Shatner - Noel Gallagher - Anthony Kiedis
Will.I.Am - Whoopi Goldberg - Trent Raznor - Bob Dylan
Sylvester Stallone - Oscar Wilde - Barbara Streisand
Despite the many snake-oil salesmen who falsely claim otherwise; there is currently no scientifically-validated cure for most types of Tinnitus.
There are however many treatment options, tools and methods which can dramatically relieve Tinnitus symptoms and enable sufferers to mitigate their condition and these include:
Have you ever stood just three foot away from a friend and not been able to hear what they were saying? If so then that noise level would have been damaging your ears! Spending just 30 minutes in a bar, club or concert that is loud enough for you to need to shout just to maintain a conversation has more than enough decibels to cause you acoustic trauma like Tinnitus!
Anything over 80 decibels (dB) is getting dangerous, but just how loud is that?
Breathing, pin dropping
Laying in bed
Eighth as loud as 70dB
Talking at home
Quarter as loud as 70dB
Conversation at a restaurant
Half as loud as 70dB - fairly quiet
Vacuuming or taking a shower
The arbitrary base of comparison
Television, toilet flush
Mid 70 dB’s - starting to get loud
Passenger in a modern car
Upper 70 dB’s - becoming annoyingly loud
Food blender or garbage disposal
Twice as loud as 70dB
The average factory
Possible damage during sustained exposure
Lawnmower, motorbike at 25ft
4x louder than 70dB & likely damage possible
Jet flyover at 1,000 feet, sporting event
8x louder than 70dB & serious damage possible
Steel mill, nightclub
You’re at the average human pain threshold
Live rock music, Formula 1 race
16x louder than 70dB
Thunderclap, chainsaw, police siren
Painful - 32x as loud as 70dB
Peak stadium crowd noise
Dangerous noise levels without protection
Jet take-off at 5 metres
Possible brain damage or death
Soundscape by Aurio is designed for conditions such as Tinnitus and provides a peaceful spectrum of sound to an otherwise chaotic world. It provides a toolbox to help you enjoy your existing music, create calming environments and enhance your daily routines all by using your devices inbuilt audio capabilities, including AirPlay and iTunes.
Aurio's free to download Soundscape app is your music but better with carefully balanced and soothing sounds that take your existing portable music library with you to listen on any device. The output is re-balanced to give you a more pleasant experience - not just on headphones but through your speakers too.
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