What Does Tinnitus Have to Do with Hearing Loss?
Our sensory organs along with the brain give us a rich perception of the world around us. If something goes wrong with any of the sensory organs, it will affect our everyday functioning. This will be demonstrated with the example of hearing loss and tinnitus. Hearing loss is defined as the loss of auditory information due to damage to the hearing system. Tinnitus is the phantom perception, which often occurs as a result of hearing loss. People describe it as ringing, buzzing or hissing sound but there is no object around that is creating this sound. We describe some strategies, which can be used to protect our hearing such as: moving away from the sound source, protecting the ears and reducing the volume levels of the devices. There is no cure for tinnitus yet. We discuss how to manage tinnitus such as: educating yourself about tinnitus, relaxation and paying attention away from tinnitus and seeking professional assistance.