Constant sounds in your head, such as ringing or buzzing in the ears, is rarely a sign of a serious health problem.
However, it can be extremely frustrating, and at its most severe, it can have a devastating impact on people’s lives. Tinnitus can make it hard for people to converse with others and affect their ability to sleep, concentrate, and even their memory.
Is there a treatment for tinnitus? While tinnitus can have a hugely negative effect on your life, there are tinnitus treatments that can help you to either minimise the sounds or even eliminate the tinnitus sounds entirely.
What is tinnitus? Tinnitus is when you hear sounds in your ears or head that no one else can hear and that isn’t caused by any external source. Tinnitus can sound like hissing, whooshing, whistling or buzzing sound or it can feel like a pulsating sensation.
Tinnitus can vary in intensity and volume, while for some people the sounds can come and go, other people can experience the sounds continuously. Tinnitus is not a condition in itself, but a symptom of some other underlying condition that’s been produced in the auditory system. Some people can experience tinnitus in one or both ears or it can feel like the sound is in their head.
To be able to find an effective tinnitus treatment, you will need to find out what is causing it. It can sometimes be difficult to find the exact cause of tinnitus, but some causes of tinnitus include:
The underlying cause of your tinnitus will influence how to treat tinnitus in your specific case.
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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