What is tinnitus?
Do you suffer from ringing in ears?
Tinnitus (or ringing in ears) is a condition that affects 30% of the UK population at some point in their life. For most, this annoying sound simply goes away, but for 1:10, tinnitus can be extremely bothersome, disrupting sleep and general well-being.
Tinnitus has two primary components:-
- Spontaneous brain activity – electrical activity along the hearing pathway is interpreted by the brain as a sound.
- Perceptual component – our emotional response may give a perception that the tinnitus or ringing in ears gets louder in time.
Tinnitus has a physical element as well as our emotional response to the tinnitus sound.