It seems that in life, it is almost impossible to avoid
contact with loud noises. We’ve all experienced noisy work environments, loud
lawn care and maintenance, as well as noisy public events like concerts. Without
the proper hearing protection, some individuals begin to feel as though they
are hearing constant, ringing noises, even when in a silent room.
This condition is known as tinnitus, where one perceives a
sound being present when there is no noise. This condition is also referred to
as “ringing in the ears” and includes high pitched ringing, clicking, buzzing,
hissing, whistling and even swooshing sounds. This condition is not uncommon,
and nearly 50 million Americans suffer from tinnitus according the American
While is there no cure for tinnitus, it does not mean a
person experiencing tinnitus is powerless. There are many tinnitus therapies
and treatments that help reduce the discomfort experienced by this unwanted
noisy intruder. Treatments address the cognitive, attentional and emotional
impacts tinnitus causes. The following are four treatments and therapies that
potentially may offer relief.
- General wellness
A healthy diet of whole foods, like lean protein sources,
nutrient-dense fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats can have extremely
beneficial effects on the body. If you’re feeling stressed due to your tinnitus
symptoms, try physical activity, which has been known to reduce stress levels.
- Check medications
According to the AARP, more than 590 drugs can trigger
tinnitus. These include over the counter painkillers and basic antibiotics. Often,
drug combinations can mix and cause a ringing in the ear. Before taking any new
medications, consult a hearing healthcare professional.
- Sound therapies
Sound therapy is the use of external noise to alter a
person’s perception or reaction to tinnitus. There are many forms of tinnitus
management that include masking the ringing caused by tinnitus, distraction
from the sounds of tinnitus with the use of an external sounds.
- Behavioral therapies
Some patients who experience tinnitus, also experience
anxiety and depression caused by the burdensome ringing in their ears.
Behavioral therapies can help and are delivered in a one-on-one or group
setting to teach patients the skill sets needed to reduce their internal
attention to tinnitus.
If you suffer from tinnitus, a hearing healthcare professional can help determine whether you’re experiencing hearing loss. Visit our website today to schedule an appoint near you. We want our readers to know that there is relief for your tinnitus, and our products will help ensure everyone lives a long life of healthy, tinnitus free hearing.