Tinnitus and Ear Ringing
Tinnitus, which is the term used for ringing in the ears, is an affliction that most people have suffered from — albeit briefly — at some point in their lives. For most people it’s just a short lived ringing, buzzing, chirping, whining, swooshing type of sound that comes and then goes away on its own.
For the vast majority of people it is normally just in one ear, although some sufferers can experience a problem with both ears after say, attending a rock concert
The thing is there are quite a large group of people for whom tinnitus is not just a short lived experience, it’s something they have to live with date in and day out.
What may surprise you is the size of this group — In the US it’s in excess of 35 million. That’s right more than 35 million Americans suffer from something that no one else can hear, explain or cure.
This of course leads us on to the question… Are there any effective treatments or cures?
The short answer to that is of course YES! There are quite a few treatments available and which one is the best to use will depend on each persons particular circumstance and how their tinnitus was caused. That’s simply because some treatments work better in specific situations.
More details about those in the ebook “10 Secrets to Help Cure Tinnitus” This is available free of charge for a limited time – just fill in the form above to get your copy.
As the best form of treatment does indeed depend on knowing the cause, Lets look at that in more detail
“How is Tinnitus Caused?
Sometimes tinnitus can be caused by something as simple as a small plug of ear wax in the ear canal. This you may gather, is nearly always temporary as carefully cleaning of the ear will remove the wax and thus the problem.
Other known causes of tinnitus are things like loud noises and this can include such things as those found in the working environment — particularly work involving heavy plant and machinery. Also, those who are involved in the entertainments industry working in clubs and bars where the music is played loud and long can surcome to tinnitus. Another annoying cause of tinnitus (and not just for the sufferer) is the use of headphones at more than sensible volumes.
Whatever the exact method that has been used to bring on tinnitus in these case the cause is relatively well-known in that high audio volumes have caused damage to the nerve endings of the the hairs in the inner ear (these sense the sound vibrations) and in more serious cases these hairs have become bent or broken.
A few other causes of Tinnitus are:
- A gradual loss of condition due to ageing
- Blood circulation problems including both low and high blood pressure.
- Thyroid condition.
- A tumour.
- Taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs. These can include.
In the case of problems with aspirin, it’s vital that you consult your medical adviser as they will either need to adjust the dose or use another medication in its place.
Physical causes of tinnitus can be due to:
- Head injuries.
- Neck injuries.
- Direct injury to the ear.
Looking at the list above then it’s obvious that type of treatment used will depend very much on the cause. However for some sufferers, the cause of the tinnitus cannot be identified even after such exhaustive tests such as x-rays, MRIs and CAT scans and other laboratory work. This is as frustrating for the sufferer as it is for the otolaryngologist.
What Can You Do?
However there are a number of things that you can do in order to reduce the severity of the problem. One of the obvious ones is to avoid exposure to loud sounds and noises. Some medical advisers advocate sufferers embark on a course of regular exercise in order to improve things like circulation and general condition. Other experts say that sufferer should also limit the amount of salt that they have on the assumption that high excesses of salt impairs blood circulation around the body.
By the same token, if blood circulation is thought to be a possible problem than other experts suggest that sufferers should ensure that they have their blood pressure checked and kept under control on a regular basis. And yet more experts advocate sufferers stay away from stimulants such as tea, coffee and caffeine-based fizzy drinks.
Whilst all these can and do help some people, there are a few for whom it seems that no cure is available — the only thing that they seem to be able to do is learn to live with it and ignore the noises as much as possible.
Don’t Suffer in ‘Silence’
For all those who do suffer in silence (if only they could) the most troublesome time for them is during those periods of quiet – particularly when trying to rest or sleep. One common trick for overcoming this is to mask the noise was something suitable such as a gently ticking clock or low background music.
Others find relief by using what is called a sound machine which can produce a range of sounds itself or play recorded sounds such as waves on the shore, a bubbling brook or something equally soothing. These have the effect of not only masking the sound but also providing a relaxing ambiance at the same time.
The thing is that many tinnitus sufferers have been told by the professionals that they’ve been to see that there is nothing that can be done. With that in mind many people stop looking for ways that could help them. This means that a high proportion of those who believe the only choice is to grin and bear it remained unnecessarily plagued by something which in actual fact they could get relief from if they chose to look into it a bit more for themselves.
You can make a start by getting your own copy of “10 Secrets to Help Cure Tinnitus” This is available free of charge for a limited time – just fill in the form above to get your copy. Simply doing that will put you on the path to being free of that noise in your ears – once and for all.