Tinnitus can cause many people to search for tinnitus treatment. Tinnitus is the condition that describes noises (ringing, swishing) or sounds that only the person with the condition has. Many often call this condition “ringing in the ears”. This condition appears to be coming from within the ear or the head. Often, tinnitus is not harmful, but it can cause annoyance to the individual experiencing it.
Approximately, there are 15% of people in the population who experience tinnitus. Tinnitus can sound different to each individual. Some may hear sounds that come in short intervals or they may hear a continuous noise. They may experience tinnitus for a long period of time or just a short period of time.
Tinnitus can occur in either ears, or both. The sounds heard can also be quiet, loud, and can change in pitch. If you are searching for a tinnitus treatment, try some of the ones listed below:
1) Reduce the consumption of: caffeine, alcohol, aspirin, salt, and nicotine in your diet.
2) Correcting hearing loss: Those who have hearing loss need to strain their ears to listen, which makes the tinnitus worse. Correcting hearing loss, even by a fraction, can greatly reduce tinnitus. The section of the brain that is associated with hearing doesn’t have to work as hard and in result, will pay less attention to tinnitus. To find out if you are experiencing any hearing loss, a doctor will have to test your hearing and recommend a hearing aid or another form of treatment.
3) Earwax removal: Removing earwax can lessen the tinnitus symptoms
4) Sound therapy and white noise: often, tinnitus is more pronounced in quiet settings. It may be helpful to use a sound machine that produces stimulated sounds of nature, such as ocean waves or rain falling. Other people find it helpful to create background noise using a TV or the radio.
5) Tinnitus retraining therapy (TRT): this therapy uses both sound therapy and counselling. TRT retrains how your brain responds to tinnitus sounds. Habituation causes the patient to tune out the sounds and become less aware of it
6) Masking devices: this device looks similar to a hearing aid. It produces a continuous and quiet white-noise that can help suppress the symptoms of tinnitus.
7) Changing medication: if you believe that the medication you are currently taking is the cause of tinnitus, please contact your doctor about discontinuing the treatment or trying different medication
If you are unsure which of the above methods are right for you, your doctor will be able to recommend a suitable tinnitus treatment for you.