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02-01-2018

What Is Tinnitus & How Is It Treated?

With countless new artists and genres in music, the number of exciting sure-to-be box office movies, streaming apps, music festivals and concerts, who wouldn’t die for the best audio available? Then there are life’s sweetest moments. The whisper of a loved one, their laugh, your uncle’s best joke... But what if these weren’t audible to you? What if there’s this constant, irritating ringing in your ears? Some have lived with it for so long that they believe it’s natural, but it’s actually a condition referred to as tinnitus.

What Is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus is the sensation of constant ringing in the ears, even when there’s no actual sound around the individual. It differs from one patient to the other making it hard to properly evaluate:

  • Some hear a ringing while others, hissing. Still, there are those who hear buzzing.
  • It can either be in just one ear or both.
  • The intensity varies. Noise produced may fluctuate from high pitch to low. At times, it’s so soft, it’s bearable and negligible. In some cases, it’s too loud that the patient is at risk of mental or social disorder if left untreated.
  • The consistency and time also differs. When it happens during the day, the patient would lose focus and efficiency in class/work. At night, it would interfere with sleep.
  • Certain activities or diets can trigger and elevate the ringing.

Common Causes of Tinnitus and Other Hearing Disorder

  • Age. As we grow old, our health deteriorates, including hearing. Tinnitus could be caused by the natural degradation of our auditory sense.
  • Noise Pollution. Noise pollution is almost ubiquitous in our modern world. It could be from our hobbies such as listening to music or activities such as the noise from traffic on our way to work.
  • Careless living. This doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy life but we’re to be vigilant in caring for our bodies. Eating healthy, avoiding loud music and other things harmful to health is essential to ensure our body performs well.
  • Other Illnesses. Other illnesses or even medications often lead to or has some side-effects which may cause tinnitus or other hearing disorders.

Natural causes are an unavoidable part of life, but we can protect our hearing from lifestyle and environmental factors. Control the volume and how often you listen to music, more specifically the loud and metal rock. Eat a balanced diet and divert your likes of unhealthy living to have a better longevity of life. Just as the common saying which goes, “Health is wealth,” so be wealthy by staying healthy.

Treating Tinnitus

At present, no known scientifically proven medication is available in curing tinnitus. Yet there are ways we can treat it and lessen its effect on our quality of life.

  • Use hearing aids. These provide relief from tinnitus and other hearing ailments.
  • Use noise cancellation devices. These mask the ringing with pleasing music or sounds.
  • Eat healthy. Some foods boost hearing health. There are antioxidants, minerals and vitamins, such as vitamins C, D and E, which aid hearing and fight against free-radicals.

The observance of hearing care early in life is the best prevention to related problems and stalls the deterioration of the ability. For more information on other hearing concerns, contact Chicago Beltone - Ken Clark at (888) 485-5452.