Managing Tinnitus leaflet, 850 KB

Managing Tinnitus leaflet, 850 KB
Finding the
Managing tinnitus.
The prevalence of
tinnitus is often
related to the
degree of hearing
out tinnitus.
Our world is alive with sound. Laughter,
unforgettable melodies, waves breaking
on the shore – all these sounds enrich
our lives and are literally music to our
ears. But what happens when one sound
suddenly takes control?
If we begin to hear an annoying noise
that never seems to go away, it can be
distracting, put us on edge, and we may
feel like no one understands what we’re
going through. But this phenomenon
called tinnitus is a common condition
and there are ways to find relief and
restore peace of mind. Together with
our loved ones, we can learn to live with
tinnitus by learning how to control it,
instead of letting it control us.
* referenced on 12/03/2014.
The truth
10 % – 15 % of
people suffer from
chronic tinnitus,
i. e. more than 6
About 20 % of
patients with
tinnitus find the
symptoms difficult
to bear.*
Over 90 % of
tinnitus sufferers
also have a
Tinnitus is a
common disorder
with many
possible triggers.*
Tinnitus is
often related to
nerve fiber
The many faces
of tinnitus.
Step by step:
Finding your way out.
On your search for a solution, it’s
important to remember that tinnitus is not
an illness, but a symptom – similar to pain.
The goal is to find relief from this
Tinnitus sounds different to everyone. It
can be high or low, loud or quiet,
ever-present or infrequent. And it has
many possible triggers such as damage to
the ear or jaw problems.
Many people with tinnitus feel that it
lowers their quality of life. And in many
cases, tinnitus is accompanied by hearing
loss. Sometimes tinnitus goes away, and
sometimes you have to find ways to live
with its effects.
Because each person perceives tinnitus so
differently, it’s important to seek
professional help to find the course of
action that’s best for you.
The constant noise can set off negative
emotional and behavioral reactions that
make you focus on tinnitus. For example,
if tinnitus makes you feel stressed, you
might withdraw from social situations. Or
it might keep you awake at night, making
you tired or depressed. These things can
cause a downward spiral.
Isolation &
Withdrawal &
Break the cycle.
Start with a hearing test. If you also have
hearing loss, simply using hearing aids
may help to reduce the annoyance of
tinnitus because when you’re busy hearing
the world, you’re distracted from tinnitus.
A tinnitus therapy signal
can provide relief.
Setting up individuality,
turning down tinnitus.
Besides amplifying the sounds around us,
some hearing instruments also feature a
tinnitus noiser function. What is the
benefit of this combination?
In very quiet hearing environments,
regular hearing aids do not have so many
noises to amplify to help distract you from
your tinnitus. This is when the tinnitus
noiser function might be helpful. By
emitting a customized therapy signal, it
can distract you from the tinnitus.
Siemens hearing aids are equipped with
different therapy signal types:
Four nature-inspired ocean wave signals
and five pre-programmed static types can
offer a customized solution that distracts
you from the tinnitus sound – so you can
relax and focus.
Most Siemens hearing aids offer many
setting options for the tinnitus noiser
function so your Hearing Care Professional
can adjust the optimum one for you.
Here are some examples:
Separate noiser signal generator
Two programmable modes: Tinnitus therapy
signals only or mixed mode
Four nature-inspired ocean wave therapy signals
Five pre-programmed static therapy signals:
White noise, pink noise, speech noise, brown
noise, and high tone noise
Static therapy signals customizable in up to
20 bands
Your partner for
balanced hearing.
At peace with tinnitus:
Practical tips.
We offer a broad range of hearing
instruments that include some of the most
flexible tinnitus noisers. By emitting
customized therapy signals to distract you
from your tinnitus, they can help you find
When dealing with tinnitus, a positive
attitude is very helpful: Tinnitus is one of
many sounds you hear – the key is to learn
to make it fit into the soundscape around
you. Useful tips are:
Relearn how to hear. The more varied sound
impressions you hear, the less you focus on
tinnitus. So listen consciously to the world
around you.
Recuperative sleep. If you’re active during the
day, it’s easier to sleep at night. Many other
factors also influence your sleep – so experiment
to see which habits positively affect your nightly
Keep moving. Spending time with loved ones
and enjoying activities improves your outlook
and decreases tinnitus’ hold on your life.
Siemens Life
Avoid silence. Reducing time in silence makes it
harder for tinnitus to take hold – so relax with
enjoyable sounds like audio books or soothing
Stay fit. Physical fitness is important – even if
your tinnitus seems louder when doing sports,
it’s no cause for concern.
Siemens hearing aids with tinnitus noiser function.
Stay tuned. There are many ways to effectively
overcome tinnitus today. For further information,
see our full catalogue, talk to your Hearing Care
Professional or visit an ENT.
Effective relaxation. Tinnitus can cause
tension, so it’s important to learn and regularly
use relaxation methods like Feldenkrais, yoga,
tai chi, and qi gong.
The information in this document contains general
descriptions of the technical options available, which do not
always have to be present in individual cases and are subject
to change without prior notice.
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