Tinnitus and Treatment
The hearing health condition known as tinnitus is widespread and growing. Tinnitus, or “ringing in the ears” as it is commonly known, is the presence of perceived sound when there is none. It is described as ringing, whooshing or buzzing, and presents in varying degrees of severity from person to person. Many cases of tinnitus occur in people with hearing loss which also presents in many degrees of severity.
At Ears2Hear, we understand how valuable your peace of mind is. That’s why we want to help you tackle your tinnitus problems with one of our custom solutions.
The causes of tinnitus are various, too. The same noise level exposure responsible for hearing loss over time is likely a cause of the deterioration of ear structures that in turn cause the ringing sensation. The breakdown of the inner ear follicles’ ability to send correct neurochemical signals to the brain is interpreted as sound. Changes to the auditory system or blockages in the ear canal can lead to tinnitus.
There are several other medical conditions or injuries that can cause tinnitus. The sound is usually constant although some people report that it varies.
Treatments for tinnitus
Tinnitus has no cure, but there are a variety of different treatment options available to help you find the relief you need. While some solutions are successful on their own, many are used in tandem to provide a more well-rounded plan. When dealing with tinnitus, there are several ways you can alleviate your symptoms, including:
- Hearing aids: The most recommended solution for individuals with tinnitus, hearing aids can be equipped with features to mask the sounds you hear. This feature makes it easier for your brain to ignore these noises, providing you with the relief you need.
- Sound machines: A sound machine is another piece of technology that can help you override the tinnitus sounds you are experiencing. These are ideal for times when you may not be wearing your hearing aids, such as when sleeping or in the shower.
- Therapies: A number of therapies also exist to help treat tinnitus, ranging from one designed to retrain the way your brain interprets the sounds, to traditional cognitive therapy that helps you learn how to cope with the noises you hear.
- Lifestyle modifications: Factors like smoking, drinking and ototoxic medication can cause you to develop tinnitus temporarily or permanently. Lessen the impacts of this condition by making lifestyle modifications with the help of your doctor.
- Earwax removal: Tinnitus can also be caused by a blockage of earwax. Once this impaction is removed, tinnitus symptoms should subside.
If you want to learn more about how a hearing aid can help you battle your tinnitus symptoms, talk to one of our hearing instrument specialists today.