Finding out about tinnitus

Seeking advice

What Is Tinnitus?

Hearbase’s tinnitus counselling and rehabilitation service is provided by our specially trained audiologist who can teach you techniques to ease the condition and give you advice, help and friendly support.

Using a collaborative approach we can help you to find your own solutions and help with the management of this distressing condition in a relaxed setting.

The word tinnitus comes from the Latin word for ringing and is the medical name for the perception of noise without any corresponding external sound.

Many different sounds

People with tinnitus can experience many different types of sound. Although most sufferers describe it as a ringing noise, others say it is more like a buzzing, humming, hissing or whistling.

This noise can be heard in one ear, both ears or in the middle of the head. Sometimes it is difficult to say exactly where it comes from.

It can be low, medium or high pitched and can be continuous or come and go. Sometimes it beats in time to a person’s pulse and this is known as pulsatile tinnitus.

It is a common condition and can happen at any age. However, it is more usual in people over 65. It can develop gradually or suddenly and affects people in many different ways.

We can help

An estimated 10% of adults in the UK have mild tinnitus. That’s about six million people. Around one per cent of adults (about 600,000 people) in the UK experience it so severely it affects their quality of life.

It is not just older people who develop the condition. It also affects children as it can sometimes follow ear infections, noise exposure or head injuries.

In some cases children will grow out of it but others will carry it into adult life.

Hearbase can provide ear-level sound generating devices and combination hearing aid/sound generators which can be useful in overcoming the most distressing symptoms of this disorder.


Easing the effects.