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Tinnitus presents itself in various ways. Some hear a ringing sound, while others hear whistles or a combination of sounds including hissing, buzzing, music or humming. The main ‘bad’ thing about it is that it’s a distraction, and constant worry.

It’s hard to go about life with a ringing in your head.Ringing Ears? It's Tinnitus.

Tinnitus itself is not a disease, but a non-specific symptom that can be brought on by a change in the mental or physical state, not necessarily related to hearing in the ear or the auditory pathway.
Research shows that most people develop tinnitus after hearing a very loud noise, for a short duration spanning minutes. That is expected, and nothing to worry about.

It’s a problem, however, when the tinnitus persists. If you are one of these people, you need to pay attention to whether your symptoms are worsening to the point where you should get professional care.

Consult with a doctor, who can check for physical causes. The usual culprits are things impacted earwax or Meniere’s disease. More serious problems could be an infection or hole in the ear drum, and in worst cases – a tumor.

 

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Certain medications can cause tinnitus. While the list is very long, some of the more recognizable names include angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, benzodiazepines , calcium-channel blockers, and the diuretic furosemide (Lasix). If you’re not sure about the medication or side effects of the drugs you’re taking, you can click the link here. If you are on medication, it would be prudent to cross reference them with the list to make sure they aren’t the culprits contributing to your hearing condition. You can also seek counsel from a doctor to get this done.

Not surprisingly though, for most people with tinnitus, there is not a single obvious cause. Surveying those afflicted finds that some claim to experience relief from symptoms when they reduce their intake of substances like alcohol and caffeine, eat ‘leaner’ by reducing the amount of fat in their diets, or by quitting smoking. In this vein, these are some other measures that could help:

– When you’re in a quiet room, put on music or use a “white noise” machine. White noise in this contRinging Ears? It's Tinnitus.ext refers to a constant ‘shushing’ sound at a comfortable level. The objective of such a device is for a soothing/distracting environment.

-Taking a step outside and spending time in nature is highly recommended. Even if its just for a short period of time, this may help alleviate your distress.

Stress has been shown to cause Tinnitus as well. Yoga or other techniques can help alleviate it.

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Physical causes of tinnitus can often be relieved. Some common methods to relieve tinnitus are:

  • Surgery
  • Antibiotics
  • Removing impacted earwax (Arguably the simplest way).

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Tinnitus is not a disease,  but rather a symptom that can be caused by many different scenarios. It is not life threatening but it can definitely hinder your normal day to day activities. Have you had Tinnitus before? Did you do anything to fix it, that we didn’t mention? Tell us in the comments below!

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