What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is a ringing, clicking, buzzing, whistling or roaring sound within your ear. Tinnitus itself is not a medical condition, but a symptom of various potential medical conditions. Tinnitus can become worse as you age and can be a great distraction from everyday tasks and life.
What Causes Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can have more than one cause. The following are a few, but not all, possible causes of the constant ringing in your eyes;
- Exposure to loud noise; People who work on construction sites, for example, may develop tinnitus due to prolonged exposure to loud machinery. You may even develop tinnitus for a short period of time after attending a loud concert.
- Aging; Tinnitus can develop as we get older an experience age related hearing loss, also known as presbycusis. Age related tinnitus usually sets in around 60 years old.
- Blockage in the ears; When wax and the bacteria and dirt that accompanies it builds up in the ear canal, starts to irritate the ear drums and causes tinnitus.
- Otosclerosis; Otosclerosis is a condition in where the bones in your ears begin to stiffen. This stiffening, which tends to run in families, can result in tinnitus.
- Meniere’s disease; Meniere’s disease is a disorder of the inner ear that is usually caused by a buildup of fluid in the ear and can cause tinnitus.
- Neck or head injuries; Trauma to the head or neck could possibly affect hearing nerves, brain function and the inner ear which could lead to tinnitus.
- Ear infections.
- Medical drugs; Aspirin, certain antidepressants, certain antimalarial drugs and certain antibiotics can worsen or even cause tinnitus.
- High blood pressure; Having high blood pressure can worsen already present tinnitus.
Statistically, men are far more likely than women to suffer from tinnitus. Taking care of your cardiovascular health and blood pressure, cutting out smoking and limiting your exposure to loud noises (listening to music through headphones at a loud volume) are a few steps you can take to actively prevent tinnitus.
How to Alleviate Tinnitus
Apart from the ringing, buzzing or clicking sound in your ears, tinnitus can affect your life negatively in a number of other ways. Tinnitus can result in sleepless nights, problems with concentration and memory and feeling anxious, depressed and stress.
If you suffer from tinnitus, you may have realized that certain things can trigger or worsen the buzzing or ringing in your ears. Things like caffeinated drinks, aspirin or alcohol could trigger episodes of intense tinnitus.
There is no known foolproof cure for tinnitus, it is something people unfortunately just have to learn to live with, but there are steps you can take to alleviate it. Below, we have compiled a list that will hopefully bring a little relief into the lives of those living with tinnitus.
- Get Enough Sleep; This may seem impossible as tinnitus actually contributes to or is the root cause of a poor sleep cycle. If you do not get enough sleep and are feeling constantly fatigued, the ringing, clicking or buzzing in your ears is bound to get louder. Loss of sleep can also lead to poorer blood circulation which could have a negative effect on your hearing.
- Discontinue any Problematic Medications; If the tinnitus starting or becoming progressively worse correlates with the intake of a new drug it is advisable to stop taking this drug. See your doctor immediately to discuss any medication problems.
- Tinnitus Retraining Therapy; Some doctors think that tinnitus is caused primarily by a neurological problem. Tinnitus retraining therapy is done by inserting a low-level noise generating device into the ear. The noise generating device matches the volume of the patient’s tinnitus. The device is meant to normalize the ringing or buzzing of tinnitus, making it more comfortable to live with.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Cognitive behavioral therapy is carried out by therapist rather than a doctor. This practice aims to modify the way in which those suffering from tinnitus feel about, think about and react to the condition. Patients undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy attend weekly sessions with therapists to work on building their coping skills. This therapy also aims to change negative thoughts about tinnitus in order to get patients to be more social and to stop letting the condition limit put restrictions on their lives.
- Stress Management; As mentioned earlier in the article, tinnitus can cause severe anxiety and stress. Feeling stressed in turn worsens tinnitus, in the same way that a lack of sleep does. During stress management you will learn about a technique called biofeedback. Electrodes are attached to the skin and
- Masking, or sound therapy; Masking is the use of a hearing aid device that generates what is known as white noise at a low level. When the masking device is turned on, it can reduce the patient’s perception of their tinnitus. The patient’s tinnitus can also seem a lot less noticeable for a short period of time after the masking device has been turned off. You do not particularly need a masking device to perform the action of masking. You can use music or a white noise generating device.
- Surgery; If your tinnitus is being caused by blood vessels situated around your ears, or potentially by a heart condition, surgery may be able to alleviate it.
- Ear wax removal; Removing a blockage in the ears may alleviate tinnitus, if the blockage is the cause.
- Adjusting your sleeping position; Sleeping with your head in a position of elevation can reduce congestion in your head which can lessen the buzzing or ringing.
- Changing Your Lifestyle; Regular exercise, lowering the volume of any music you listen to, avoiding loud areas (or wearing ear safety devices if you cannot avoid these areas), taking time to meditate, practice yoga and perform stress reducing breathing exercises are all lifestyle changes you can make to alleviate tinnitus.
Tinnitus is undoubtedly difficult to live with, but you should not let it take over your life. Use our Alleviate Tinnitus Subliminal Mp3 and see your doctor to speak about what tinnitus relieving options are best for you!