Tinnitus is commonly as
ringing or buzzing in the ears, but it can also actually be
any sound or even a combination of
sounds. Tinnitus is the
result of a certain nerve activity that the brain
interprets as noise, or sound. In
reality everyone has the symptoms of tinnitus
occasionally, however some unfortunate people experience
constant, or near-constant tinnitus.
How do you pronounce
tin-uh-tus – either way is ok.
The American Tinnitus
Association have estimated that over fifty million people in
the United States
alone experience tinnitus severely enough to cause
discomfort. It's also estimated that between three and four
million veterans experience tinnitus.
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Most commonly the cause of
tinnitus is exposure to excessive noise. Tinnitus may also
result from a head injury, some medications, excessive ear
wax, and actually many other causes. Sometimes it is
impossible to determine the precise cause of tinnitus as it
is related to so many conditions, such as high blood
pressure, excessive stress, certain dental problems, even
metabolic problems, and high cholesterol.
Is there a connection between tinnitus and
If an ear is damaged this
will often result in both hearing loss and tinnitus.
However, they don necessarily always have to occur together.
Tinnitus does not actually cause loss of hearing, but
sometimes tinnitus seems to interfere with hearing. It is
always wise to consult an audiologist to determine if you
have an actual hearing problem.
Is there a cure for
This is debatable. A cure
would be making the tinnitus sound simply stop. There are
many treatment methods for tinnitus but medical research
have not yet developed a cure. There are however many users
of holistic methods, that will argue otherwise. Many have
had such success that they certainly consider themselves
Do I need treatment for my
Treatment can lessen the
tinnitus, however not everyone with tinnitus requires
treatment. If tinnitus is affecting
your sleep, your ability to concentrate, maybe your
emotional well-being, even regular daily activities, then
yes, treatment may be helpful for you. You may need a
medical examination if your tinnitus is just on one side of
the head, or if you have noticeable changes in your hearing
level, pain in the ears or head or neck or balance
What form of treatment is most
this is a highly debated subject.
changes in lifestyle can be
changes that might help:
- Reduce excessive use of
caffeine, alcohol, salt, aspirin, and
- Reduce stress as much as
possible, even if it is difficult to do.
- Get adequate sleep; this
is a must, at least eight hours in every twenty
- Practice meaningful
activities to keep your mind and body busy.
- Establish a healthy diet and of course
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