Expatriate Insurance News: Tinnitus treatment 'should be as early as possible'

22/02/12 13:48

People who believe they are suffering from tinnitus ought to contact expatriate health insurance providers and medical professionals as soon as possible.

"It is very important to get help quickly," The Tinnitus Clinic director Josephine Swinhoe stated.

Sometimes, this ailment can be due to impacted ear wax, which can be easily removed, while at other times a person will be referred to an ENT physician or audiologist for further investigation, she added.

Generally, it is caused by hearing loss, the expert noted.

Relaxation techniques and cognitive behavioural therapy can help individuals to cope with problems associated with the condition, such as anxiety, sleeplessness, depression and its "emotional impact", the specialist remarked.

A new treatment called acoustic neuro-modulation may also be able to deal with the causes of tinnitus instead of focusing on the symptoms, Ms Swinhoe claimed.

Indicators a person may have this illness include a "ringing, buzzing and a zinging noise", which arises in the head and is not actually a "real sound", she declared.

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