If you are living with a continuous or intermittent ringing or buzzing sound in your head or ears then it’s likely that you have tinnitus.
While it seldom means that there is a more serious underlying health problem to worry about, it can be extremely frustrating. In severe cases, tinnitus can be devastating. It can make it extremely difficult for people to hold conversations, concentrate, sleep and it can even affect their memory.
Is there a treatment for tinnitus? Fortunately, despite the enormous impact tinnitus can have on your life, there are tinnitus treatments available to help reduce and even stop tinnitus sounds altogether and enable you to enjoy your life tinnitus-free.
But what is tinnitus? Tinnitus is the sensation of noises in the ears that only the affected person can hear and that has no external source. People with tinnitus may hear a hissing, whistling, ringing, buzzing, or some other noise. The sensation can vary in volume and come on intermittently or be a constant presence. Tinnitus is not an illness or a disease but a symptom that’s been generated in the auditory system and is normally caused by some other underlying condition. The noise may occur in one or both ears or it can feel like it’s in your head.
The first step in finding an effective tinnitus treatment is finding out what is causing your tinnitus symptoms. It can be hard to identify the precise cause of tinnitus, but some potential causes of tinnitus include:
The underlying cause of your tinnitus will influence how to treat tinnitus in your specific case.
Tinnitus Retraining Therapy (TRT) helps you to cope with your tinnitus symptoms while teaching your brain to ignore it. TRT combines:
It’s common for people to develop tinnitus as a result of hearing loss. When you lose some of your hearing, your brain changes the way it processes sound frequencies. Hearing aids for tinnitus will amplify external sounds to improve your hearing while also masking the tinnitus sounds so your brain can just focus on the external noises and not your tinnitus.
Tinnitus can be very frustrating and even distressing to experience and the symptoms can be made considerably worse by stress. Being able to relax properly by working on your breathing is one of the best tinnitus treatments. Some people find yoga, meditation, and tai chi particularly helpful.
Tinnitus can be extremely frustrating to live with but while there is no cure, there are ways you can manage your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Schedule a consultation with your hearing care professional to help you find the best treatment option and an effective coping strategy for you.
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