Do You Have Tinnitus? Get Some Relief From Those Noises In Your Ears

If you suffer with tinnitus, below is some information on how you can soothe those irritating sounds. This can help you get some relief and get back to your normal daily living again.

Tinnitus

Tinnitus is a type of hearing impairment that can cause you to hear sounds like ringing, whistling, squealing, hissing, or buzzing.  This is an individual condition, and you may be hearing completely different sounds, such as a loud screeching.

These noises may be at a low or high pitch, and they can be severe enough to interfere with your ability to concentrate. It can also cause social difficulties, because you may not be able to communicate effectively. This can result in social isolation, depression, and loneliness.

Tinnitus is not an actual disease, but a symptom of another problem you are having. Some common causes of this problem include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Migraine headaches
  • Stress
  • Too much wax in the ear
  • Smoking
  • Too much caffeine

Even though there is no current treatment for this disease, there are ways you can get some relief.

Hearing Aids

You should see an audiologist that is certified by ASHA to see if you have hearing loss. They can perform tests to help them determine why you are having this problem. If you have a hearing impairment, your doctor may suggest you wear a hearing aid to mask the sounds by amplifying background noise. This also reduces the noise level you hear while you are in a busy environment.

The doctor will likely fit both of your ears with a hearing aid that has disabled noise reducing controls and the widest amplification band. With most hearing aids, you will be able to adjust them yourself.

The newest type of hearing aid is called the open fit hearing aid that has been designed to alleviate the symptoms of tinnitus by introducing noise reduction control. These hearing aids are smaller so they are cosmetically appealing and comfortable to wear.

Wax in the Ear

If you have excessive wax build up in your ears, you can try to treat this at home. Before you do this, make sure you speak with your doctor. In many cases, you can use hydrogen peroxide to loosen up the wax to make it easier to remove. Use a syringe to put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in one ear, and hold your head to the side so your ear is up for a few minutes so the liquid does not drain out. Wait a few minutes, place your ear over a sink, and let the hydrogen peroxide drain out. Fill up a clean syringe with lukewarm water, and squirt it into your ear gently to remove the loosened earwax. Repeat this procedure for the other ear.

If this does not work, your doctor can use special instruments in their office to remove the earwax for you.

You should also reduce your stress levels as much as you can to help with your tinnitus. You can do this by using some relaxation techniques.

For more information about this other hearing related issues, contact a professional like Pacific Hearing Care.

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