It isn’t really known why tinnitus happens, but it affects one in every five people. It can be annoying and feel concerning at times, but these six tips can help you to deal with tinnitus.
Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself. It’s more of a symptom of an underlying issue like an injury, circulatory system disorder, or ageing. It is often described as a buzzing, ringing or clicking type of sound that can occur in one or both ears. It may be present all the time or come and go, and it might sound like either a high or low pitch.
Though sufferers can report that their tinnitus manifests with a number of sounds, there are two main types:
Subjective tinnitus is something only you can hear and is usually caused by problems with the ear (middle, outer, and inner ear) or auditory nerve.
Objective tinnitus is something that your doctor can also hear during an examination. Much rarer, this type of tinnitus may be due to a blood vessel problem, middle ear bone conditions, or muscle contractions.
In short – many things. Tinnitus may be caused by inner ear cell damage which affects how your ears take in noise and translate it to the brain. Age-related hearing loss can also cause tinnitus, exposure to loud noises, earwax blockage, or even changes to the ear bone. In some cases, certain medications can also cause or worsen tinnitus, including Aspirin, certain antidepressants, cancer medications, and antibiotics.
Tip 1: Protect Your Ears at Work
Prolonged exposure to loud or noisy environments can cause inner ear cell damage. Construction workers, factory workers, musicians, and soldiers are examples of professions that may be prone to tinnitus. Wear hearing protection and take regular breaks from loud environments to try and protect your hearing.
Tip 2: Quit Smoking
Smokers have a higher risk of developing tinnitus. Consider protecting your hearing a bonus to your improving your overall health!
Tip 3: Mind Your Heart Health
High blood pressure or narrowed arteries (atherosclerosis) can increase the likelihood of tinnitus as these conditions affect your blood flow. Regular exercise and healthy eating not only manage your heart health but also can prevent tinnitus caused by blood vessel disorders.
Tip 4: Turn Down the Volume
If you’re a music lover who cranks the tunes, you might want to consider turning down the volume. Prolonged exposure to loud music without hearing protection or through earbuds can cause tinnitus as well as hearing loss.
Tip 5: Get in the Zen Zone
While it can be stressful to experience tinnitus, consciously trying to reduce stress levels can help you to deal with it. Consider mindfulness or other stress busters to help you feel more balanced and steady.
Tip 6: Check Your Medications
As mentioned above, certain medications can make you more prone to tinnitus. If you’ve started a new medication or notice a change in your hearing, be sure to speak to your healthcare professional.
In addition to these tips, consulting with a professional can help you prevent hearing loss or minimize discomfort. Contact us to request an appointment, or call us on (507) 208-7002 today!