Tinnitus is the perception of noise in your ears. It can be described as ringing, buzzing, roaring, hissing or whooshing. It is real, not imagined, or “just in your head”. It is very common, and almost everyone experiences it at some point in their life. It may be sporadic or constant, and is a symptom of an underlying condition rather than a disease itself.
What Are the Possible Causes of Tinnitus?
- Noise exposure
- Hearing loss
- Head injury
- Excessive caffeine or alcohol
- TMJ (jaw joint) disorders
- Back/neck problems or injuries
- Impacted earwax
- Ear diseases
Possible treatment options.
If tinnitus is the result of hearing loss, hearing aids can be an effective treatment option. An audiologist can recommend the best hearing aid for tinnitus relief.”
If tinnitus is the result of a medical condition, such as middle ear inflammation or secondary to a thyroid disorder, your ENT can offer treatment solutions based on the underlying cause.
How Is Tinnitus Treated?
Tinnitus can’t be cured, but there are treatments that make it less of a distraction. The approach taken depends on the underlying condition responsible for the ringing in your ears. Sometimes, simple steps like removing built-up earwax or switching to a new medication can markedly decrease symptoms. If tinnitus is the result of hearing loss, hearing aids can be an effective treatment option. A hearing healthcare professional can recommend the best hearing aid for tinnitus relief.
The best way to deal with tinnitus is to prevent it:
- Use hearing protection around loud sounds
- Keep the volume at an appropriate level
- Reduce stress
- Maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine