Though you might find buzzing bees funny, some clients find it frustrating to hear unwanted noises even at the break of silence.
Tinnitus might not be a serious condition (and is not a disorder itself) but it can be debilitating. Just imagine yourself being a disc jockey and you are unable to categorize sounds because all you hear are swishes and swooshes.
What if you’re a famous composer; after a neck injury you could barely discriminate do’s from sol’s just because all you can hear are ringing of bells. Wouldn’t that be infuriating?
Tinnitus can hamper tasks. And just so you know, it can severely affect the usual activities that you can do every day.
When to Seek Consult
An expert’s opinion should be taken into account when tinnitus is not getting any better. If the ringing in your ears remains persistent for days, increases in intensity or is already annoying, seeking medical help is necessary.
Here are some more reasons why you need medical consult as soon as possible.
- Ringing of the ears is accompanied by hearing loss.
- Tinnitus doesn’t have any apparent cause and appeared suddenly.
- Tinnitus occurred after ear, head or neck trauma.
- There is pain or discomfort.
- There is presence of dizziness or loss of balance.
Are you at Risk?
Tinnitus can be suffered by anyone regardless of age, sex and race.
However, if you are with any of these characteristics, you might be at a higher risk to develop tinnitus.
- More than 65 years old.
- Exposed to loud noises too often, on a regular basis without any ear protection.
- Suffering from presbycusis or age-related hearing loss
- With history and/or family history of hearing loss
- Clients with PTSD
What are the treatment options?
- If you are suffering from an underlying medical condition, treating the main disorder is the only way to remedy tinnitus.
- Suppression of the noise. Usage of ‘white noise’ can help depress bothersome noises. Other doctors may prescribe hearing aids to alleviate hearing problems which might have cause the ringing, masking devices which suppresses symptoms of tinnitus and tinnitus retraining devices which tone down the intensities of the phantom noises that you hear.
- Medications do not cure tinnitus as is. Pharmacologic therapies are rather symptomatic in nature. They are aimed to decrease symptoms. Examples of these medications are Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and alprazolam.
Can you do anything at home?
Certainly! Management of tinnitus includes a whole lot of lifestyle modifications. Here are some simple home-based techniques which you can do at the comforts of your home.
- Divert your attention from the buzzing of the bees. In a quiet setting at home, mask the noise caused by tinnitus through tuning up your favorite song, do something that creates a pleasing sound or watch a movie.
- Practice stress management. Stress can worsen tinnitus. Relax and get some rest. Get rid of the bad vibes and channel your energy into something productive.
- Avoid trigger factors. Loud noises and nicotine are 2 of the most common irritants.