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How is Tinnitus Treated?

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Tinnitus or referred to as ringing in the ears is a name for hearing noises that aren’t coming from any external source. It's something that anyone can get in their lifetime, and it’s not simply something that’s associated with an individual who has hearing loss. So how can tinnitus be treated? There are myths out there that suggest tinnitus has no treatments, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Do you have tinnitus?

The first thing that you’d want to do when it comes to treating tinnitus is checking that you do have it. There can be many descriptions of what tinnitus can sound like, but these are the most common sounds that can be heard:

  • Ringing
  • Buzzing
  • Whooshing
  • Humming
  • Hissing

There are more noises and if they are similar to any of the ones above, then this might be tinnitus. However, to be sure, it’s worth having your hearing checked by an ear, nose and throat doctor to check. If you experience tinnitus regularly or constantly, then it’s definitely a reason to get it checked out, especially if it is gradually getting worse. Tinnitus can also be something that bothers you, and so it’s good to get a diagnosis and to take necessary steps to treat or suppress it.

Causes of tinnitus

Tinnitus is often related to those who already experience hearing loss, but it’s something that anyone can experience. The causes of tinnitus can vary, and it’s good to know what they are so that you can do your best to avoid it being something you get. The below are not exhaustive but can often be the most common causes of tinnitus:

  • A form of hearing loss: Typically, when you’ve got a form of hearing loss, tinnitus can be something that you can have as well.
  • Bodily conditions: Certain body conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders or multiple sclerosis can increase the risks of you getting it.
  • Taking certain medications: There are certain medications that you can take that can cause tinnitus to be a side effect. This could be anything from antibiotics to chemotherapy medicine and aspirin. 
  • Your mental health: Everyone has mental health, and so this can often be the cause of tinnitus through depression and anxiety. Being able to manage your mental health and doing more for your mental wellbeing can be helpful.

There could be other causes of tinnitus, but it’s often unclear sometimes as to what it’s linked to.

Treatments for tinnitus

With tinnitus, there are treatments and options available that can help get rid of it over time or to stop it from being too disruptive to your life and daily lifestyle. For suppressing tinnitus, there are a number of things that you could try. White noise machines for example, can be a great way of helping to drown out the sounds that come with tinnitus. These machines offer a sound mix of all frequencies that are often heard by humans. Hearing aids are also a good option for suppressing tinnitus because they can help amplify sounds within your daily life, which can also drown out the sound of tinnitus. Many of those with the condition have found hearing aids to be a great help.

Reducing your alcohol consumption can be a good way of suppressing it as a way of treating it through home remedies. Alcohol can dilate your blood vessels that cause greater blood flow. That can lead to more occasions of that ringing or buzzing noise in your ear. Reducing it can help reduce it significantly, depending on how much you consume and to what degree it affects it. Drugs can’t cure it, but there are certain medications that you can take in order to help reduce the severity of the symptoms that you experience.

There are also alternative medications that might be worth trying like hypnosis, acupuncture and zinc supplements. However, there is very little evidence to support that this is something that works. There are still lots of efforts being done in the research and treatments that are available for tinnitus and hopefully one day, there will be a cure for those who have yet to be rid of it.

Depending on how severe your tinnitus is, there are plenty of solutions and treatments that might help to reduce or suppress those side effects that can come from tinnitus. If you have any concerns about your hearing or feel you may have tinnitus, you can learn about Independence Ear, Nose & Throat by calling this number at 772-888-1880.