Tinnitus and hyperacusis
Tinnitus is not a disease, but a symptom resulting from a range of underlying causes. When you suffer from tinnitus, you perceive certain sounds that are generated by the nervous system of the ear and brain. The cause of tinnitus is not fully known and at present no medical treatment exists that can cure it. The sounds are often characterised as hissing, ringing, buzzing, humming or the like.
Hyperacusis is when a person finds it very difficult to tolerate everyday sounds that most other people find perfectly tolerable and natural. These sounds can be traffic noise, kitchen sounds, doors closing, or even loud speech. A person may experience hyperacusis by itself or together with tinnitus. In the same way, a person with hyperacusis may or may not have a hearing loss.
Zen - relief for tinnitus
Widex has developed the Zen programs to help tinnitus sufferers relax and make tinnitus less noticeable.