How to treat tinnitus
Tinnitus is a condition which is characterized by ringing, swishing or other noises that are coming from the ear or the head. Tinnitus is not a dangerous and serious problem but it can be a symptom of other underlying conditions such as age-related loss of hearing, injuries in the ears, foreign objects inside the ears and problems of the circulatory system.
Tinnitus can either be subjective or objective. When it comes to subjective tinnitus, only the affected person can hear the noises. As for objective tinnitus, a doctor can hear the noise while performing an examination. By enrolling in a first aid course, you can learn measures to ease the symptoms.
Symptoms of tinnitus
- Noises that can be heard such as buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, and ringing sounds
Tinnitus can develop after a respiratory infection such as common cold and does not improve within a week. If the condition happens suddenly or without any reason along with loss of hearing and dizziness, seek medical help.
Causes of tinnitus
- An age-related loss of hearing and hearing that worsens with age that starts around age 60 years old. Loss of hearing can cause tinnitus which is also known as presbycusis.
- Exposure to loud noises like those from a heavy equipment, sound of firearms, and sound of chainsaws. Music devices such as MP3 players or iPods if played loudly for long periods can cause tinnitus. Long-term exposure to loud noises can cause permanent damage.
- An earwax blockage of the ears which can cause loss of hearing or irritation of the eardrum can lead to tinnitus.
- The bones found in the middle ear become stiff which is a condition known as otosclerosis and affects the hearing and cause a tinnitus. This abnormal growth of bone is considered hereditary.
- Tinnitus can also be caused by some conditions like Meniere’s disease, TMJ disorders, some injuries to the head and neck as well as acoustic neuroma.
Complications that tinnitus can cause include difficulty in sleeping, fatigue and stress, memory problems and difficulty in concentration, depression, anxiety and irritability.
Treatment and home remedies
- Minimize exposure to irritants or things that make the tinnitus worse like loud noises, caffeine and nicotine.
- Cover up the noise by having a fan, play soft music or listening to low-volume radio sound to help minimize noise caused by tinnitus.
- Minimize being stressed and do some relaxation therapy, biofeedback or some exercises in order to provide relief from tinnitus.
- Minimize consumption of alcohol.
Prevention of tinnitus
- Wear over-the-ear hearing protection in order to avoid exposure to load noises that can cause damage to the nerves found in the ears that will cause loss of hearing and tinnitus.
- Turn down the volume when using headphones when listening to music.
- Take good care of the cardiovascular health like doing regular exercise every day, eating a healthful diet and taking care of the blood vessels in order to prevent tinnitus related to blood vessel disorders.