The Tinnitus Association of Victoria (TAV) is a voluntary, non-profit organisation that has been helping people with tinnitus for over 30 years. The TAV has a range of support services, but the telephone counselling service is considered to be the most critical service that enables many people each year to learn to successfully manage their tinnitus.
Read the tinnitus journeys of other people, describing how they learnt to manage their tinnitus and return their quality of life.
Having access to correct, factual information is critical to learning how to successfully manage your tinnitus and return your life to normal over time.
Tinnitus is the perception of sound when no actual external noise is present. Tinnitus is not a disease in itself. It is a symptom of a fault in a person’s auditory (hearing) system, which includes the ears and the brain.
The word ‘tinnitus’ is from the Latin for ‘tinkling or ringing like a bell’. While it is commonly referred to as “ringing in the ears,” tinnitus can manifest many different perceptions of sound, including buzzing, hissing, whistling, swooshing, and clicking. Approximately 17 to 20 per cent of Australians suffer from some degree of tinnitus, varying from mild to severe.
Adjusting to tinnitus in the early stages can be extremely difficult and affect your ability to work, or cope with normal life activities.
Many people are told that ‘there is nothing that can be done’ or ‘you will have to learn to live with it’. This is totally wrong. Although there is no cure, people with tinnitus can learn techniques to successfully manage their tinnitus to the point where the tinnitus is no longer a problem for them, and they can continue to lead full and productive lives.