The number of Tinnitus cases everywhere are rising and seem to be effecting all people of all ages. If you, or someone you know is experiencing ringing or buzzing in your ear that doesn’t seem to go away, the odds are it is tinnitus.
Maybe your doctor told you that tinnitus can’t be helped – that you’ll just have to deal with it?Well, tinnitus is a condition that’s annoying at best and debilitating at worse – but there are ways to make it better. Here are some of the misconceptions that we have heard about tinnitus – andthe facts you need to know. If your symptoms are worsening, request a consultation with a tinnitus consultation. Yes it will be expensive, but nothing is worse than living with a constant annoying ringing in your ears the rest of your life.
COMMON BELIEF: There is nothing I can do about tinnitus.
FACT: Some people go to their doctor with complaints about ringing or buzzing in their ears and are told that there is little they can do about it. “Tinnitus is just something you will have to deal with,” they say. “Try to ignore it.” But the fact is that there is a LOT you can do to lessen the effects of tinnitus. The sooner we learn that just because a Doctor says it doesn’t necessarily make it true, the healther we all will become.
Here are some proven ways to help decrease the buzzing in your ears:
Tinnitus Sound Therapy – An important element in tinnitus treatment is the use of sound. Amplified sound from hearing aids, environmental influences, music, or noise generators can help minimize the contrast between the buzzing or ringing of tinnitus and the surrounding sound environment. The most popular sound mahine is the Dohm picuted below. You can click on the image below if you think this may help you sleep at night if you suffer with tinnitus.
Ear Protection – Noise exposure is a leading cause of tinnitus. Wear ear protection when around loud sounds.
Relaxation exercises – Stress and anxiety can often make tinnitus worse. Read a book, go for a walk, and practice breathing techniques, call your grandkids or practice relaxation exercises.
ZEN tones in hearing aids – ZEN tones can help you to get relief from tinnitus. ZEN tones are available as an individual program in all of Widex’ newer hearing aids. By amplifying natural environmental sounds and the sounds of nature, ZEN tones can make ringing in the ears less prominent.
Here is an example of a ZEN tone:
Common Belief : Tinnitus is temporary. It will go away soon.
FACT: Some forms of tinnitus are temporary and caused by recent exposure to loud noise. Others are more long-lasting or consist of recurring episodes. Tinnitus affects people in many ways. According to the UK’s National Healthcare System, there are several different “sounds of tinnitus.”
These tinnitus sounds include:
- Mild tinnitus – This form of tinnitus can often be masked by louder sounds. People with mild tinnitus may only notice the ringing or buzzing in their ears when in extreemly quiet surroundings like when trying to read a book, or go to sleep.
- High-pitched tinnitus – Most people experience tinnitus as a high-pitched whistling, buzzing or hissing in their ears. Sometimes these sounds are related to your posture. How you are staning or sitting – you may only hear them when you are sitting or lying down, or when you cock your head a certain way.
- Low-frequency tinnitus – Sometimes tinnitus can be heard as a low-pitched sound like a steady rumbling stream.
- Musical hallucinations – Rarely, tinnitus will manifest itself as a musical hallucination that leaves you hearing a song repeatedly in your head. Many crazy people experience thise, but from time to time mentaly stable people report this type of tinnitus.
Common Belief: There are drugs that will provide a tinnitus cure.
FACT: Some companies will try to point you to a miraculous tinnitus cure where a few pills will stop all symptoms of tinnitus. While much research has been done around the effects of medication and vitamin supplements on tinnitus, there is currently no proven tinnitus cure. Only tinnitus management devices and sound therapy have been proven to decrease the effects of tinnitus. So beware of medicines that promise relief, we have not found anything reliable in our research.
Common Belief: Hearing aids can’t help tinnitus.
FACT: Hearing aids are one of the most effective ways to beat tinnitus. Widex hearing aids are especially helpful for tinnitus patients because they:
- Provide maximum amplification for abnormally quiet environments which reduces the contrast between tinnitus and silence
- Limit the overall loudness of sound delivered to the ear in noisier environments, which may be very important for people with hearing loss
Hearing aids can also come equipped with Widex ZEN, a functionality that plays soothing tones give relief from tinnitus when you need it.
Common Belief: Tinnitus and hearing loss aren’t linked.
FACT: Many people with tinnitus will also have a hearing loss. In fact, a recent French study showed that of 123 people with tinnitus surveyed only one did not have hearing loss. The British Tinnitus Association estimates that 90 percent of people with tinnitus also have a hearing loss. Moreover, research says that those who don’t may have a “hidden hearing loss.”
Common Belief: I never listened to loud music, so I won’t get tinnitus.
FACT: Noise exposure is just one cause of tinnitus – but there are several more. So even if you weren’t a fan of AD DC you can still suffer from tinnitus,
Common Belief: Tinnitus is a new condition caused by MP3 players. People didn’t have it in the old days.
FACT: Tinnitus has been around for as long as people have been writing things down. A 2004 study says that even people in ancient Egypt made reference to the condition. Other research shows that the great composer Ludwig Van Beethoven had tinnitus. Yes there have been more tinnitus cases reported since listening to music through ear buds have become popular, but that is not an indication that this is a direct cause of tinnitus.
To learn more about tinnitus and ways to relieve tinnitus symptoms, we highly suggest that you click and watch the video at the top of this article.