Tinnitus can be irritating, whether you only hear it occasionally or if it is constant. It might be more annoying than irritating. How about frustrating or makes-you-want-to-bash-your-head-against-the-desk irritating? Whatever you choose to call it, that annoying noise you can’t get rid of is an issue. What can you do? Is it possible to stop the ringing?
What is Tinnitus and Why Do You Have It?
Start by learning more about the condition responsible for the clicking, buzzing, buzzing, or roaring that you hear. As much as 10% of Americans suffer from tinnitus (the medical term for the ringing in the ears). Why?
Tinnitus is not a disease, but rather a sign of another condition. For many, hearing loss is something else. Tinnitus can be caused by hearing loss. Tinnitus can occur when there is a decline in hearing. It is not clear why. The current theory is that the brain generates the noise to fill in the gap.
Every day, you hear thousands or even hundreds of thousands of different sounds. There are obvious sounds, such as a motor running and someone shouting. But there are also sounds that you may not even notice. It is not as obvious to hear the sound of air moving through a fan or vent. These sounds are usually not heard as the brain doesn’t think you need them.
These sounds are “normal” for the brain. What happens if half of these sounds are off? Your brain’s portion responsible for hearing becomes confused. It is possible that the phantom sound associated with tinnitus might be a way for your brain to create noise it can interpret as it knows it should.
Tinnitus can also be caused by hearing loss. It can also be linked to serious health issues like:
- An acoustic neuroma is a form of brain tumor that grows on the cranial nerve.
- Reaction to medication
- Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ)
- Poor circulation
- Trauma to the neck or head
- Meniere’s Disease
- Tumors of the neck or head
- High blood pressure
- Turbulent blood flow
Any of these factors can cause tinnitus. Tinnitus can occur after an accident or injury. You should first schedule an appointment to have your hearing examined by a doctor before you look for other ways to deal with it.
Tinnitus: Can anything be done?
Before you can figure out what to do, you need to understand why you are suffering. In many cases, the only thing that will work is to give your brain what it needs. You need to make a sound if your tinnitus is caused by a lack of sound. A fan running in the background can produce enough noise to stop the ringing. It doesn’t have to be complicated.
This is why technology such as a white noise generator was created. These devices can simulate natural sounds like rain falling or ocean waves. If you purchase one with pillows speakers, you can hear the sound while you sleep.
The same goes for hearing aids. With quality hearing aids, you can make the sounds your brain wants, such as the AC running, louder. Your hearing aids can normalize your hearing so that your brain doesn’t need to make phantom sounds.
The solution for most people is a combination of several tricks. This approach includes wearing hearing aids throughout the day and using a white noise generator at night.
If the tinnitus becomes more severe, or soft sounds stop working, there are medications that can be used. This noise can be made by medications such as Xanax or other antidepressants.
A penny of prevention
To eliminate tinnitus, it is best to prevent it from happening in the first place. To protect your hearing, you should do everything you can to prevent it from happening.
- When you are exposed to loud noises, make sure your ears are protected
- Take care of your heart
- Everything can be turned down
- Listening to music without headphones or earbuds is a bad idea.
High blood pressure? Take your medication. Exercise and healthy eating habits are important. Schedule a hearing exam with an audiologist to eliminate any untreated problems that could lead to hearing loss or tinnitus.