Please note: the following information does not constitute professional medical advice, and is provided for general informational purposes only. Please speak to your doctor if you have tinnitus.
Tinnitus is a hearing condition that is often referred to as a “ringing in the ears.” Though the condition is thought to affect about 15% of the general population, only a very small percentage of people suffer from serious tinnitus. For those unlucky people who experience ongoing tinnitus symptoms, however, the condition can be very debilitating and lead to depression, irritability, frustration and fatigue.
Obviously, living with an ongoing static sound reverberating inside one’s head is difficult at best, so it’s important for tinnitus sufferers to seek help for their condition. What help is available for tinnitus sufferers? Let’s have a look at some of the latest tinnitus developments and recommendations.
Easing Symptoms with Natural Remedies
For many people with tinnitus, natural treatments may ease symptoms without the need for hearing aids. For some patients simply removing excessive ear wax may alleviate symptoms. A “white noise” machine or even a common household fan (with a soothing whir-sound) may help ease symptoms by distracting the patient from the internal ringing sound. In other tinnitus developments, relaxation techniques, like deep-breathing and meditation, have been found to ease symptoms by bringing down the patient’s stress and anxiety over the experience of hearing so much internal static.
Changes in Lifestyle
A review of the latest tinnitus developments shows a link between severe tinnitus and the constriction of blood vessels inside the ear, which is why a reduction in alcohol and caffeine are recommended for tinnitus sufferers. A program of regular exercise, which helps to ease anxiety and to promote blood circulation, is also highly recommended.
No More Hard Rock, Please
One of the major causes of tinnitus is, not surprisingly, exposure to very loud sounds over a long period of time, which is obviously not great news for all the hard rock fans out there. It’s long been observed that loud noises and loud music (the kind played by the heavy metal bands ear doctors just love to hate) have a negative impact on hearing, and yes, listening to loud music played at ear shattering levels can bring on tinnitus. So, putting a ban on heavy metal bands can at least stop tinnitus from worsening.
Getting Aid for the Hearing Impaired
In other major tinnitus developments, it’s been discovered that for many patients, a hearing aid is the best way to alleviate the problems associated with tinnitus, as a good hearing aid can help cut through the distracting noise in the patient’s ears and help them connect with other sounds in their environment. What’s important for sufferers of this condition is to have their particular form of hearing loss evaluated so that a good solution can be found, and better hearing (of softer music) can be enjoyed.