Has this every happened to you? Tinnitus is an inner ear condition that affects a number of people worldwide; the symptoms are ringing ears, sometimes coupled with forms of dizziness or vertigo and balance issues. Although tinnitus does not mean that you have a hearing problem or any inner ear problem, it does mean that the silence for tinnitus suffering can be deafening. There are some solutions, treatments and supplements to aid the ringing ears, but there are no treatments proven to actually work. Sometimes it will ease up by itself, other times it lasts for a lifetime; if you have had your tinnitus for many years, you will understand that whilst it feels life changing at first, there are ways to tackle it and ways to assist it to the point where you can live a normal life and even ‘turn off’ from it. It can be mentally draining dealing with something as unobtrusive as this, and the condition can be mild to severe, so this depends on the cause and severity but it still remains a very difficult condition to treat.
What Causes It
It can be pinpointed to some areas but this is a broad spectrum and sometimes, the cause is not actually known. It’s believed that loud noises can highlight the tinnitus more so or make it more extreme so exposure to loud sounds or music could damage some of the inner ear over time. This is usually the most common issue but other causes may include anxiety, stress, wax, ear infections and certain types of diseases but it is often a very innocent condition and is not detrimental to your physical health but it can impact your mental health.
How Can It Be Helped?
There are ways to lower the impact of tinnitus with certain aids that help balance out the frequency level in your ears. Static noise for example can be a great way to distract you from the ringing and certain ‘hearing aids’ can be used to send this sound to your ears. Keeping some type of noise playing in the background or in your headphones (on a low level to stop your tinnitus affecting you), is going to be key. White noise, gentle music, certain ambience sounds can really help you tune out from the high pitched ringing, which in turns allows you to forget about your tinnitus.
You can look at your diet and see what could assist your ears. Supplements such as zinc, magnesium can aid with the symptoms and they also can be good for any type of migraine/dizziness issues that you have but discuss it with your doctor first if you have concerns and to ensure that you are safe to take it. You don’t have to suffer, become part of groups on Facebook and online and connect with others who have similar issues and see what they use to help them cope. Talk to your doctor, get advice from professionals and stay positive; don’t let it stop you doing the things you love to do!
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