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The Noise of Tinnitus

About eight years ago, Gael Hannan began hearing a loud ringing in her ears that continued day in and day out.

This type of phantom noise—which can sound like anything from buzzing and whining to cricket-like chirping—is known as tinnitus. 

Only rarely is tinnitus a sign of a serious medical issue. However, living with the constant noise can make it difficult to fall asleep, and wear away at an individual’s well-being. In fact, mood disorders are more than twice as common among people who are bothered by their tinnitus.

What’s more, tinnitus is often the first clue that someone is developing hearing loss. 

But while tinnitus and hearing loss can take a toll on an individual’s quality of life, both conditions are typically treatable.

You can learn more by reading my latest health feature for Good Times magazine: ‘The Noise of Tinnitus’. 

A big thank-you to the interviewees who so generously shared their time, expertise, and experience:

  • Rex Banks, doctor of audiology, and director of Hearing Health | Quality | Global Partnerships with Canadian Hearing Services in Toronto.
  • Dr. Philippe Fournier, an audiologist, and assistant professor of audiology in   the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Rehabilitation at Laval University in Quebec, QC. 
  • Gael Hannan, a hearing health advocate, and author of Hear and Beyond: Live Skillfully With Hearing Loss (with Shari Eberts), in North Saanich, BC. 
  • Glynnis Tidball, an audiologist with the Tinnitus Clinic in the Department of Audiology at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver.
  • Dr. Darren Tse, an otolaryngologist at The Ottawa Hospital.


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