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I have tinnitus, and I found this book very informative. It is written using the resources of the British Tinnitus Society, and the U.S. also has some support groups to help.
Some 4.5 million people in the UK suffer from tinnitus which may range from the well-known ringing in the ears to musical hallucinations. Often associated
with the elderly, it can occur at any age, even in quite young children. The sound itself is as individual as the person suffering with it, but common
descriptions include a whistle, a whine, a high-pitch ringing or a buzzing. Tinnitus can be a far more troublesome symptom than hearing loss itself, affecting
sleep, concentration, confidence, and mood.The emotional aspect of this disorder cannot be overlooked. Indeed, tinnitus has been described as an 'emotional
barometer' - it is often more intrusive when people are under stress. "When you notice that the tinnitus is demanding your attention, ask yourself if there
is anything else that is on your mind that you need to sort out," suggests Christine Craggs-Hinton.Other topics include:Avoiding drugs and foods that may
affect the ear (diuretics, cheese, caffeine)Taking enough fluid to keep the system hydratedRelaxation and quiet time to 'rest' the earHow your doctor can
help; complementary therapiesSound therapyBehavioural techniques for those who feel their tinnitus is 'in control'.
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