The Scottish Mail on Sunday

The curse of tinnitus


TINNITUS is an awful condition and can ruin the lives of some people. It’s also frustratin­g as a doctor – although I see my patients suffering, I often feel I can do nothing to help.

Sadly I wasn’t surprised last week to read that one in seven of those with the condition has suicidal thoughts.

The constant noise within the ear can be whooshing, ringing, buzzing or humming, and often we do not find a cause or a successful treatment.

Cognitive behavioura­l therapy is recommende­d, even though it is ineffectiv­e at reducing the noise. What it can do, importantl­y, is reduce the distress and improve the quality of life for sufferers. It is worth a go at least.

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