Ringing In The Ears
Nearly 12 million Americans suffer from tinnitus, ringing in the ears that can stop and start or continue non-stop.
Although it is called ringing in the ears some people will experience it as has whining, screaming, cicadas, hissing, roaring, whistling, chirping, clicking or clucking noises. It may be difficult for individuals who’ve never had ringing and ear problems to understand the challenges it presents.
Some people may notice slight ringing in the ears when they have colds and develop ear infections. Sometimes it is linked to serious medical conditions. Continued ringing should mean getting a full medical workup to rule out these dangerous conditions or to diagnose them and begin treatment. In rare cases, ringing sounds in the ears is linked to a benign tumor called an acoustic neuroma.
The four main causes of tinnitus are:
1. noise-induced cochlear damage,
3. allergies or sinus problems
4. Meniere’s disease
Other known causes of ear ringing include: ear infections, foreign objects or wax in the ear, nose allergies that prevent (or induce) fluid drain and cause wax build-up, and injury from loud noises.
Specific causes of tinnitus include:
- Meniere’s disease, a condition comprising deafness, dizziness and tinnitus, caused by increased pressure in the inner ear
- trauma to the ear as a result of loud noises and blasts
- otosclerosis, a condition in which the small bones of the middle ear become immobile
- ear infections and inflammation
- wax in the ear
- secretory otitis media (an ear infection often known as ‘glue ear’) in children
- acoustic neuroma, a benign (non-cancerous) tumor of the nerve which goes from the ear to the brain
- high doses of drugs including aspirin, quinine and some antibiotics
- head injury
- low thyroid hormone levels (hypothyroidism)
- disorders of the heart and blood vessels
- high blood pressure
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction (pain in the head, jaw and face when the parts of the TMJ do not work properly together).
- Medications: aspirin and ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
It is important to have a proper medical examination to be able to check on the cause and be able to come up with the proper treatment. A good evaluation will rule out the very rare causes for tinnitus such as toxins and tumors that can affect the auditory system.
There are a wide variety of alternative forms of treatment for ringing in the ears , dependent upon the cause. If the cause is found, the doctor and individual can then work on potential treatments or techniques to reduce the tinnitus.
Ringing in the ears may have no cure or may not be totally eliminated but researches have been done and several treatments have been discovered to give relief to patients with this condition. Drug therapy, vitamin therapy, biofeedback therapy, hypnosis and tinnitus maskers are among those types of treatments that have been helpful for some people.
Research has shown that supplementing with the B vitamins, especially vitamins B12, B6 and B5 can help to reduce ringing in the ears. Magnesium can also help prevent damage to the inner ear hair cells and offers some people relaxing relief from some ringing symptoms. Prescription medications such as Diazepam and Dramamine (Generic name – Meclizine) can be effective, but have undesirable side effects such as drowsiness and dry mouth.
One of the methods that have been very successful in the management of tinnitus is the use of masking sounds to mask out tinnitus which consequently results in habituation to tinnitus. Like other treatments for tinnitus, maskers are useful for some, but not all people. Many studies show that no matter what treatments are used; people tend to be less concerned about the symptom over time, even though the ringing may persist.
If you are seeking a more natural approach to stopping the ringing in your ears, you might want to try acupuncture, hypnosis, biofeedback, or vitamin therapy. Additionally, treatment of the accompanying symptoms of tinnitus such as stress, anxiety, depression, fear, and insomnia will help in the alleviation of tinnitus and effectiveness of its management.
There are numerous things that can cause ringing in the ears or other tinnitus symptoms, and persistent ringing should always be evaluated by a doctor to rule out potentially dangerous conditions. The most effective treatment for tinnitus is to eliminate the underlying cause. You may be able to prevent ringing in the ears if you: Limit or avoid exposure to loud noises, such as music, power tools, gunshots, and industrial machinery.
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