Are your ears ringing?
Your world is alive with sound. Laughter, unforgettable melodies, waves breaking on the shore — all these sounds enrich your life. At other times, all you want to hear is silence. So what happens when one stubborn sound won’t allow you to enjoy peace and quiet anymore?
If you hear an annoying noise that never seems to go away, it can be distracting, put you on edge, and increase stress and anxiety. Because only you can hear it, you might feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But this phenomenon is very real. It’s called tinnitus and it’s a more common condition than you might think.
Tinnitus can manifest as a ringing, buzzing, humming, or similar noise you hear even though there is no outside source for the sound. While you may have been told there is no cure, that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to find relief and restore your peace of mind. You can learn to live with tinnitus by finding out how to control it, instead of letting it control you.
The many faces of tinnitus.
Tinnitus sounds different to everyone. It can be high or low, loud or quiet, ever-present or infrequent. And it has many possible triggers, such as damage to the ear or jaw problems.
Many people with tinnitus feel that it reduces their quality of life. And in many cases tinnitus is accompanied by hearing loss. For some, tinnitus goes away on its own. For others, it’s permanent and you have to find ways to live with its effects.
Because each person perceives tinnitus so differently, it’s important to seek professional help to find the course of action that’s best for you.
Some Common Causes for Tinnitus
Antidepressants, certain antibiotics, and even aspirin can cause tinnitus in some people. If these drugs are taken often, the person might not realize that the drugs are causing their tinnitus. While it might be difficult to narrow down what medication is causing your condition, the issue should resolve itself once you switch drugs. If it persists, your problem probably lies elsewhere.
Medical conditions like high blood pressure, otosclerosis, diabetes, and allergies can lead to tinnitus as well. While it might be harder to eliminate your hearing issues when they stem from an ongoing problem, treating the root issue should help with your tinnitus.
In addition to above factors, some other reasons could be:
- Wax Build Up in ear, causing blockage and earaches
- Noise induced hearing loss, due to exposure to loud sounds over period of time
- Issue with your jaw joint (TMJ), which is located close to ears.
Tinnitus is not a hopeless condition.
There are many ways to effectively overcome tinnitus today. We suggest you begin this journey by learning more about what causes tinnitus, how it can affect your overall health, how to tell if you have it, and how to manage tinnitus with the help of our hearing aids