Understanding Tinnitus Is the Key to Treating It

Tinnitus brings sounds like ringing, buzzing, or hissing in the ears or head, with various factors contributing to its onset.

Common Causes of Tinnitus

Hearing loss: Often, tinnitus stems from damage to inner ear hair cells. These cells turn sound waves into signals for the brain. Damage can occur through:

  • Aging: Hair cells wear out over time, possibly leading to tinnitus.
  • Loud Noise: Regular loud noise exposure can injure these cells, causing tinnitus.
  • Ototoxic Medications: Some drugs have side effects that include tinnitus.

Auditory System Issues

  • Earwax Buildup: Too much earwax can change ear pressure, mimicking tinnitus.
  • TMJ Disorders: Jaw joint issues might affect hearing and cause tinnitus.
  • Meniere’s Disease: Known for vertigo and hearing loss, this condition can also cause tinnitus.

Other Influences

  • Head Injuries: Trauma can affect hearing and lead to tinnitus.
  • Medical Conditions: High blood pressure, diabetes, and thyroid issues may have ties to the ringing in your ears.
  • Stress and Anxiety: These emotional states can amplify symptoms.

Understanding the ringing in your ears is key to managing it effectively. Though it has many potential causes, identifying and addressing the underlying issues can help alleviate symptoms. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below, contact American Hearing + Audiology for help.

  • Is the constant, 24/7, never-ending ringing in the ears hurting your quality of life?

  • Do you find conversations exhausting because you have to focus so hard?

  • Do you feel more stressed and aggravated than you used to?

  • Are you distracted when you should be focused?
  • Is it hard for you to relax and unwind?

  • Do you have trouble falling asleep and getting good rest, making it hard to function due to low energy?
  • Are you frustrated that you can’t stop the ringing?

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Tinnitus Treatment

The right treatment varies by individual, considering factors like symptom severity and personal health. Talking to a hearing care specialist about your challenges can be transformative. Here are some effective strategies they might suggest:

Sound Therapy

  • Masking Devices: White noise or nature sounds can distract from the ringing, offering relief.
  • Masking Apps: Use apps to play soothing sounds, reducing the impact of symptoms.

Lifestyle Adjustments

  • Stress Management: Meditation and relaxation exercises can ease stress.
  • Sleep and Diet: Good sleep and reducing caffeine or alcohol might improve tinnitus.

Hearing Aids for Tinnitus

Hearing aids stand out for their dual benefits: amplifying external sounds and minimizing the ringing. They’re particularly valuable for those facing both hearing loss and tinnitus. More advanced models have programs that include the sound therapy mentioned above.

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