Have you ever experienced a ringing in your ears?
Tinnitus is the name for ringing in the ears. Tinnitus can be a brief irritation or it can be an overpowering sound that is unbearable!
For some it is described as a “ringing” sound, and for others it sounds like a rushing noise. Yet others say it is more of a buzzing in their ears or in their head.
Tinnitus is actually quite common (up to 75%) in people who suffer from hearing loss. In fact, if you are experiencing tinnitus, it’s a good idea to get you hearing checked to make sure it’s not a symptom of hearing loss.
What is the Cause?
It is not fully known what causes tinnitus, but it seems to be related to several factors.
Researchers believe tinnitus is often the brain’s way of compensating for hearing loss, or a response to recent exposure to very loud noise.
When there is hearing damage, the brain can create a noise to make up for the lack of usual stimulation from environmental sound.
What Can I Do About It?
Beware of “miracle cures” or pills for tinnitus, because these are probably scams.
The best way to “treat” (and prevent) tinnitus is to protect your hearing.
- If you are going to be around loud noise, be sure to carry earplugs to protect your ears.
- If you find yourself in a loud environment, take breaks in a quiet space to give your ears time to recover.
- The day after being exposed to loud noise, try to stay in a quiet environment and avoid caffeine if you can, which can exacerbate damage.
- Limit your exposure to very loud noises by keeping the TV on a lower volume and not wearing earbuds for music (listen on a speaker or use over-the-ear headphones instead).
- Make and keep your annual hearing exams with your audiologist: the best way to stay on top of your hearing health is to know your status!
- If you are experiencing prolonged ringing in your ears, visit your audiologist to learn what your options are. There are a couple of methods that can be used to successfully treat and mitigate tinnitus symptoms.
- Explore tinnitus therapy, which are brain-stimulating activities that may help to reduce or eliminate the ringing in your ears.
The first step to halting hearing loss and preventing further damage is to recognize your situation. Come in today for a hearing screening and formulate a strategy to train your brain to listen actively and effectively.
Diablo Hearing Services 2301 Camino Ramon, STE 106 San Ramon (925) 394-4646