Tinnitus and how to live with ears ringing

November 12, 2012

Tinnitus and how to live with ears ringing

Tinnitus is not only a condition causing a ringing in the ears, it can also develop into a condition which causes someone to cease functioning in a normal fashion.

Tinnitus is a common condition affecting more than 50 million people in the United States according to the American Tinnitus Association. The symptoms of tinnitus show themselves as one or all of the following: ear ringing sensation, noise being present within the ears which can sound like crackling or hissing and the intensity of the sound varies according to the severity of the condition. Tinnitus may affect one or both ears and it can be slightly more than a nuisance when in its mildest form through to a condition which stops people living a normal life because of intense pain. Ear ringing is one of the most popular ways of describing the condition.

There are many causes of tinnitus, including:

  • Infected ears

  • Problems causing loss of hearing

  • An injury to the head, neck or brain

  • Allergies

  • Blood pressure issues, either high or low

  • Circulatory problems

  • Diabetes

  • Medicinal side effects

  • Tumor

  • Menieres Disease

  • Otosclerosis

  • Kidney problems

  • Stress related issues

A reaction to an allergy or taking some cold or flu remedies may also cause or increase the ear ringing sensation. Other scenarios known to increase the severity of tinnitus can be remaining in a loud and noisy situation, taking too much sugar or salt in the diet and using artificial sweeteners and excessive caffeine. If ear ringing increases when taking alcohol or different foods, stop consuming them.

How to live with Tinnitus

There are many different approaches to maintain a happy lifestyle if a person has tinnitus. However what will deal positively on one person may not help someone else who has an ear ringing sensation. Everyone with tinnitus reacts individually to the condition so to find your own personal remedy for this ear ringing condition may require trying different therapies before finding the one that is successful. Before trying any different treatments it is best to talk with your doctor.

Alternative therapies range from hypnosis and acupuncture to hyperbaric oxygen, cranio – sacral therapy and magnetic therapy. Scientific research has yet to find conclusive evidence that these work, however many tinnitus sufferers respond positively. Homeopathy is recommended as a natural solution with its practitioners stating its positive effects. However the scientific community is still undecided.

Other therapies being used to try to cure or alleviate ear ringing symptoms are aromatherapy. This is said to be most effective if the condition is caused by circulation problems. Other sufferers use herbs, believing that extracts from the plants have beneficial qualities. One study carried out by the University of Massachusetts indicated that gingko leaf may help tinnitus sufferers. Other herbs thought to provide some benefit include hawthorn, and black cohosh.

In addition to alternative approaches, counseling can also be used successfully. Support groups or individual counselors can help with everyday strategies to help or just to give support at times of stress or during emotional issues.

Ear ringing caused by tinnitus can also be responsible for disturbed sleep. There are drugs available which can aid restful sleep. Sulodexide when taken with melatonin is said to be helpful according to the University of Chieti Pescara. Relaxation strategies such as yoga, meditation or massage can be helpful when trying to control the symptoms of tinnitus.

Sound can be used to try to mask the continual noise generated by tinnitus. White noise machines or tapes of relaxing natural sounds such as whale songs or chanting can also aid the tinnitus sufferer. This works by distracting the noise away from the person or by drowning out the noise.

There is also a technique carried out by counselors known as the ‘Tinnitus Retraining Therapy’ which leads those suffering ear ringing to redirect their attention away from the continual noise. A study has indicated that this is more effective than standard counseling but further work is required before conclusive evidence can be found.

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