While there is no cure for tinnitus, there are ways to treat it and sometimes get rid of the aggravating noises you hear. Tinnitus is often caused by certain medical conditions. Treating the medical condition will sometimes alleviate tinnitus altogether so it’s always a good idea to look into possible medical causes first. If you have suddenly started hearing a ringing or buzzing in your ears, go to your doctor and get a complete physical to first all determine if you do have a medical condition contributing to the noises that you hear in your ears. All cures for tinnitus begin with understanding the cause. If you can get to the root cause of the tinnitus, you have a much greater chance of treating it.
- If you are over the age of 60, you should know that aging can cause a breakdown in the auditory cells in the inner ear that will cause ringing in the ears and unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for this. We all must face some physical drawbacks when we start to get older and tinnitus sometimes falls into that category.
- Say you worked around loud machinery or you have been exposed to some other kinds of loud noises… this could be the cause of your tinnitus. Did you know that almost 90% of those Tinnitus 911 experiencing tinnitus have some kind of noise induced hearing loss? Keeping the noise down will help alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus and protect your hearing capabilities as well.
- If you have high blood pressure, thyroid problems, otosclerosis, or any other medical condition, you may be able to ‘cure’ your tinnitus by treating these medical conditions. Head injuries and ear and sinus infections are also contributors to tinnitus. A trip to your doctor will determine if you have an underlying medical problem that is causing you to hear those nerve-wrecking noises!
- Check out what is in your medicine cabinet and get out all the medications that you have been taking since the noises began in your ears. One of these medications may very well be the culprit in causing your tinnitus. Over 200 medications have side effects that include ringing in your ears. Aspirin and acetaminophen are two of these. Take a list of the medications that you have taken since the symptoms of tinnitus have begun with you to your doctor. You may be able to ‘cure’ your tinnitus jus by altering your ingestion of a certain drug.
- Get those ears cleaned out! A build-up of wax in the deep inner canal can lead to tinnitus and temporary hearing loss. A health care professional can flush out your ears and remove a wax build up that is deep in your ears.
If you have tried everything and have found that your tinnitus is caused from your age or from damage to your ears from loud noises, you may not be able to be fully cured of those irritating noises but there are some things that you can do to lessen the aggravation of it. Tinnitus can be worse if you drink too much alcohol or caffeine, or if you smoke. Talk to your health care provider about a tinnitus masker, a device that produces a pleasant noise that will cover up the irritating ringing or buzzing in your ears.
Get a hearing aid if your tinnitus is due to hearing loss and the outside sounds that are magnified will cut out the severity of tinnitus. One great way to manage tinnitus is to reduce outside stress. Some have found relief by literally retraining their mind to ignore the sounds of tinnitus! Talk to your doctor and find out which direction you should go in treating your symptoms of tinnitus. Whatever you do, don’t give up hope. You can find help for your tinnitus and you don’t have to suffer alone.
John Currie is a tinnitus expert who, together with his wife Ellen, provides free tinnitus support and advice for tinnitus patients via their Toll Free Tinnitus Advice and Support Help Line at 800 314 2910.