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Earwax, loud noises and some medications are also causes.
About 1 in 10 Americans have tinnitus - 6% are severe.
You can hear noises in one or both of your ears.
The main cause is damage to the inner ear and cochlea.
CONSULTING: Sometimes dealing with Tinnitus is as simple as a consultation. Talking about it with a friend or professional. Understanding why it is happing and sometimes just finding a way to focus away from the disturbing noise. Other times it could require the expertise of a psychological professional to help in dealing with the annoying sounds of tinnitus. Hypnosis has also been shown to aid in dealing with Tinnitus.
AMPLIFICATION: Many studies have shown a direct relationship between hearing loss and Tinnitus. Other studies have shown that simply stimulating the areas of the inner ear that are suffering from hearing loss can dramatically reduce the awareness of Tinnitus. This method generally has the greatest reduction of Tinnitus while wearing the hearing aids and a minimal amount after the hearing aids have been removed.
SOUND THERAPY: Sound therapy, sometimes thought of as “Masking” is a method of providing a different sound for the brain to focus on during times that Tinnitus is present. Devices can be purchased from numerous stores to provide sounds like a heartbeat, whale sounds, rain or just static to assist in not hearing the Tinnitus. There are also apps that can be used through a tablet or mobile phone that sometimes can assist with sound therapy for Tinnitus sufferers who do not have hearing loss.
MUSIC THERAPY: Music therapy uses customized notes to filter out the frequency of ringing experienced by the tinnitus sufferer, as a way to retrain neurons and reduce symptoms. Sometimes specific classical music has been used with successful results.
NOTCH THERAPY: This is a new concept only for tinnitus sufferers who wear hearing aids. It is for “tonal” Tinnitus or the ringing type of Tinnitus. The idea is to amplify the hearing loss and remove the amplification right around the area of the Tinnitus tone. This is a new concept, but is showing promising results.
TINNITUS RETRAINING THERAPY (TRT): This is a therapy that can be used both with hearing aids and without. Specific tones are presented for a minimum of 1 hour at least twice a day to “retrain” the brain to ignore the bothersome sound. Similar to living near railroad tracks the brain will learn to ignore the Tinnitus thus allowing you to not be bothered by the sound any longer.
RELAXATION: As stress is a major factor in increased tinnitus relieving stress helps many to reduce the affects of tinnitus and sleep better. A good nights sleep has been found to reduce stress, thus reducing tinnitus in many people.
COMBINATION: Tinnitus is a complex processing of sound in your brain. Sometimes one type of therapy will not be successful and you may need to consider a combination of 2, or perhaps 3 types of therapy to assist you in successfully navigating the path to relief. Also, our lives change and a successful treatment may not work forever, so keep your mind open to all of the ways to treat the symptoms of Tinnitus.
What is Tinnitus?
Tinnitus is the perception of sound within the ears or head with no external sound source. It is the brains perception of a sound being immitted by the ear. The sound is real and can only be heard by the person it is affecting.
What can cause Tinnitus?
Tinnitus can be triggered by a variety of causes, but is commonly linked to hearing loss and the damage to the delicate sensory hair cells of the inner ear. Exposure to extremely loud sounds is one of the main causes of tinnitus. This condition is also associated with ear infections, the natural aging process, stress, excessive earwax, high blood pressure, and sensory nerve disorders. Activities such as smoking, drinking alcohol or caffeine, and taking excessive amounts of aspirin or antibiotics may aggravate tinnitus.
How can I manage my Tinnitus?
If you are affected by tinnitus, your first step is to undergo a professional evaluation. Counseling with an experienced hearing health care professional trained in managing tinnitus improves your chances of success in regaining your quality of life. The effects of tinnitus can often be minimized by a combination of counseling and sound stimulation.
How does sound help?
Amplified sound from hearing and tinnitus devices, environmental influences, music, or sound from noise generators can help to minimize the contrast between the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus and the surrounding sound environment.